Goodell: Snyder won't change Redskins name

Despite renewed pressure from the Change the Mascot group toward the Washington Redskins, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell doesn't anticipate the team's name changing.

Goodell noted on ESPN radio Tuesday morning that Washington owner Dan Snyder has been steadfast in his desire to keep the nickname, adding, "I don't see him changing that perspective."

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The Change the Mascot group issued a statement on Monday praising the Cleveland Indians for their decision to remove the Chief Wahoo logo from their jerseys starting in 2019, while calling upon Washington to do the same.

"Washington Owner Dan Snyder needs to look at Cleveland's move and then look in the mirror and ask whether he wants to be forever known as the most famous purveyor of bigotry in modern sports, or if he wants to finally stand on the right side of history and change his team's name," said Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter, the leader of the campaign. "We hope he chooses the latter."

While MLB commissioner Rob Manfred had reportedly pushed Cleveland to make a change, Goodell does not sound likely to do anything similar with Washington.

"Dan Snyder has really worked in the Native American community to understand better their perspective, and I think it's reflected mostly in a Washington Post poll that came out in [May 2016] that said over nine out of 10 Native Americans do not take that in a negative fashion, the Redskins' logo or the Redskins' name, and they support it," Goodell said, referring to a poll that surveyed 504 Native Americans.

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LANDOVER MD, NOVEMBER 16: Ian Washburn, a thrid-generation Redskins fan and season ticket holder wears his altered football wear. He repalced the Redskins name with the word Washington or the 'DC' for the logo. Shown before the Washington Redskins lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field in Landover MD, November 16, 2014 (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 28: Tara Houska, right, joins other Native Americans and supporters to protest the name and logo of the Washington Football team before the game on Sunday, December 28, 2014. Houska is co-founder of the organization notyourmascots.org (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 28: Washington Redskins fans walk past as Native Americans and supporters protest the name and logo of the Washington Football team before the game on Sunday, December 28, 2014. The protesters could not get on to the grounds at FedEx Field so Jericho City of Praise is offered them space. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 28: 'We are people, not your mascot,' shouts Adrianne Plenty Holes as she points to her baby Yamni Plenty Holes, 11 months, while participating in a protest of the name and logo of the Washington Football team before the game on Sunday, December 28, 2014. The protesters could not get on to the grounds at FedEx Field so Jericho City of Praise is offered them space. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 2: People march to TCF Bank Stadium to protest against the mascot for the Washington Redskins before the game against the Minnesota Vikings on November 2, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Opponents of the Redskins name believe it's a slur that mocks Native American culture and they want the team to change it. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS MN, NOVEMBER 2: Native Americans and other citizens taking part in the protest against the Redskins team name, walk outside the stadium that the Washington Redskins will play the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis MN, November 2, 2014 (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS MN, NOVEMBER 2: Native Americans taking part in the protest against the Redskins team name, march outside the stadium that the Washington Redskins will play the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis MN, November 2, 2014 (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS MN, NOVEMBER 2: Native Americans taking part in the protest against the Redskins team name, carry tribal banners outside the stadium that the Washington Redskins will play the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis MN, November 2, 2014 (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 2: People march to TCF Bank Stadium to protest against the mascot for the Washington Redskins before the game against the Minnesota Vikings on November 2, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Opponents of the Redskins name believe it's a slur that mocks Native American culture and they want the team to change it. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Snyder issued a statement after the results of the poll were announced, saying, "The Washington Redskins team, our fans and community have always believed our name represents honor, respect and pride. Today's Washington Post polling shows Native Americans agree. We are gratified by this overwhelming support from the Native American community, and the team will proudly carry the Redskins name."

The Supreme Court ruled last year that a trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes on free speech rights, boosting Washington's position.

--Field Level Media

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