Snyder to meet with Commissioner Goodell


The pressing issue of what to do with the Washington Redskins name has become the center of discussion for commissioner Roger Goodell. The topic has come to forefront of most NFL fans minds especially those of the Washington Redskins.  Whether they support it or not the issue has become exceedingly important for the NFL and one of its franchises to figure out.

Oct 26, 2013; London, United Kingdom; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is interviewed by media at the Commissioners Fan Forum at the Landmark Hotel in advance of the International Series game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Owner Daniel Snyder has expressed his content with the current name and continues to refute the name change.  Meanwhile, Commissioner Goodell has agreed to meet with the Oneida Indian Nation, Wednesday, in hopes of resolving the issue.  To prep for the meeting, Goodell plans to meet with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to receive a better feel for the owner’s stance toward the name.  Goodell appears open to a name change, but has emphasized that the ultimate decision is up to Snyder.

As a longtime Redskins fan, I find the potential name change rather disheartening.  Why after so many years of having the name “Redskins” have Indian tribes began to show disapproval?  I’m yet to understand where the disagreement has come from and why change the name today?  Snyder has made it clear Washington does not intend to offend any of the Indian tribes, and it should focus on the name change of the Florida State Seminoles and Cleveland Indians as well as Washington.  Why focus on one team when there’s a larger issue at hand?