FCC Considering Punishment for Broadcasters Who Use Redskins Nickname

September 30, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Perpetual controversy surrounds the Washington Redskins team name. Since nothing has ultimately changed despite the widespread perception that the nickname is offensive toward Native Americans, the Federal Communications Commission may take a serious stand.    
According to a Tuesday report by Reuters' Alina Selyukh, legal activist John Banzhaf III has petitioned the FCC to remove a local Washington radio station's licensing rights for using the term "Redskins."
The report also featured comments from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on the matter, who appears to side with Banzhaf:
We'll be looking at that petition, we will be dealing with that issue on the merits and we'll be responding accordingly. [...] There are a lot of names and descriptions that were used over time that are inappropriate today. And I think the name that is attributed to the Washington football club is one of those.
Sports Illustrated polled fans recently to gauge their thoughts on ...

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