By RYAN GORMAN
Federal officials are considering a proposal to ban mentioning the Washington Redskins on radio and television.
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler admitted during a Tuesday press conference announcing the end of blackout rules that the regulator is considering a ban on the controversial team moniker.
The shock disclosure came after it was revealed a law professor filed a petition with the FCC to have the team name banned on grounds it violates rules barring indecent content on-the-air, the National Journal reported.
Wheeler told reporters he is reviewing the filing and "will be responding accordingly."
The chairman admitted he found the name, considered a racial slur by Native Americans, to be offensive, but was not sure it was illegal.
"There are a lot of names and descriptions that were used for a time that are inappropriate today," the FCC chief said, according to NJ. "I think the name that is attributed to the Washington football club is one of those."
Team owner Daniel Snyder has steadfastly refused to change the name despite protests and dozens of high-profile journalists, publications and broadcasters publicly stating they will no longer use the team name.
Many now refer to the Redskins as the Washington football club, or just Washington. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has also refused to force Snyder to change the team's name.
An FCC decision to ban the name from radio and television would all but force the league's hand.
Should the FCC ban the use of the name Redskins? Tell us what you think.
Editor's note: A previously-included third-party poll had technical difficulties and had to be removed from this article
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