The Washington Football Team is no more. After two seasons of debate and internal discussions, the franchise has finally settled on a new team name. The kitschy WFT branding will now become a thing of the past.

The team was forced to change their name after pressure from Native American groups and the public gave them no choice in the matter. For a couple of years, they played simply as the “Washington Football Team.” Fans in the DC area will now finally have a permanent name to call their team.

Ian Rapoport broke the news via Twitter. The WFT will be known as the Washington Commanders going forward. Rapaport also shared a name mark as well as two team logos. The team announced the new name shortly after via Twitter. Team owner Dan Snyder released a statement about the new branding as reported by ESPN.

“As an organization, we are excited to rally and rise together as one under our new identity while paying homage to our local roots and what it means to represent the nation’s capital. As we kick-off our 90th season, it is important for our organization and fans to pay tribute to our past traditions, history, legacy and the greats that came before us.

We continue to honor and represent the Burgundy & Gold while forging a pathway to a new era in Washington. Today may mark the first day for the Washington Commanders, but we are and always will be Washington.”

The team is hoping to honor the traditions of the past without offending anyone in the future. The reactions online to the Commanders name have been mixed. It might not be the most popular choice, but at least Washington knows what to call their team now.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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