Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has said that he isn't going to change his team's nickname. In my humble opinion, I believe this is the beginning of a very ugly court battle between the US Government and the Redskins. Also, if the Government goes after the Redskins first, what next? Is the Federal Government going to demand that All colleges with Native American nicknames and logo change their names? I think this is where this is going.
CNBC.COM -- The Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to punish broadcasters for using the moniker of the Washington NFL team, the Redskins, a word many consider a slur to Native Americans, the agency's chairman indicated on Tuesday.In my opinion, I think the Feds are going to lose this case if they try to compel a team to change it's nickname. I think this is a violation of the first amendment. Also, this isn't the NCAA shaking down a small college. Stay tuned.
The FCC, which enforces broadcast indecency violations, has received a petition from legal activist John Banzhaf III, asking that regulators strip local radio station WWXX-FM of its broadcasting license when it comes up for renewal for using the name "Redskins."
Banzhaf says the word is racist, derogatory, profane and hateful, making its use "akin to broadcasting obscenity."