Should the Washington Redskins name be banned from radio and television?

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LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 07: Defensive end Jarvis Jenkins #99 of the Washington Redskins waits to be introduced before playing the New England Patriots during a preseason NFL game at FedExField on August 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 07: Kicker Zach Hocker #4 of the Washington Redskins kicks a field goal against the New England Patriots during a preseason NFL game at FedExField on August 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 23-6. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 07: Defensive end Chris Baker #92 of the Washington Redskins looks into the stands after playing the New England Patriots during a preseason NFL game at FedExField on August 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 23-6. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 07: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins looks on against the New England Patriots during a preseason NFL game at FedExField on August 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 23-6. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 07: Larry Mooney poses for a portrait displaying his eyes in the back of his head tattoo during a preseason NFL game at FedExField on August 7, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins won, 23-6. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - August 7: Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden talks with his quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III (10) and Kirk Cousins (8) during a first half timeout against the New England Patriots on August 7, 2014 in Landover, MD. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 11: The Patriots surround teammate Jerod Mayo (#51) on the ground with the ball after he intercepted a pass in the final minute of the game. Washington WR Jabar Gaffney is at right. The New England Patriots visited the Washington Redskins in an NFL regular season game at FedEx Field. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 11: Fans cheer as the Patriots from left to right, Matthew Slater, Kevin Faulk, and Deion Branch head onto the field for pre game warmups. The New England Patriots visited the Washington Redskins in an NFL regular season game at FedEx Field. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
LANDOVER MD - DECEMBER 8: Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith (11) is taken down by Washington inside linebacker London Fletcher (59) in the red zone on a 4th quarter Chief's touchdown drive as the Kanas City Chiefs defeat the Washington Redskins 45 - 10 at FedEx Field in Landover MD, December 8, 2013. ( Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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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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