NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said during a radio interview with 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday that his league needs to listen to critics who believe the Washington Redskins should change their name.
“We’re always sensitive to what impacts the league in general, and that includes our 32 teams, and making sure that we’re doing what’s right here,” Goodell said. “And that’s why I think, again, we have to do everything that’s necessary to make sure that we’re representing the franchise in a positive way, and that rich history and tradition. And if we are offending one person, we need to be listening and making sure that we’re doing the right things to try to address that.”
Goodell, himself a Washington, D.C. native, stopped well short of suggesting a name change is imminent or even likely. He also acknowledged that a decision to change the name from Redskins remains up to owner Daniel Snyder, who said earlier this year that would “never” happen under his watch.
“Ultimately it is Dan’s decision,” Goodell said. “But it’s something that I want all of us to go out and make sure we’re listening to our fans, listening to people who have a different view, and making sure that we continue to do what’s right to make sure that team represents the strong tradition and history that it has for so many years.”