Longtime NFL franchise scraps 'Redskins' after 87 years

Photo by AP. Signs for the Washington Redskins are displayed outside FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, on Monday. The Washington NFL franchise announced Monday that it will drop the 'Redskins' name and Indian head logo immediately, bowing to decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington NFL franchise announced Monday it is dropping the "Redskins" name and Indian head logo, bowing to recent pressure from sponsors and decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans.

A new name must still be selected for one of the oldest and most storied teams in the National Football League, and it's unclear how soon that will happen. But for now, arguably the most polarizing name in North American professional sports is gone at a time of reckoning over racial injustice, iconography and racism in the U.S.

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