The Washington Redskins have a loyal fan base and one of the most profitable sports franchises in the world. Despite the team's success at keeping its throng of supporters, the Redskins also have drawn widespread criticism.
Season after season, critics call on the Redskins organization to change the name of the team, which embraces the use of what's widely considered a racial slur. Redskins owner Dan Snyder has remained steadfast, however, in insisting the team's name remain the same. Fans, too, generally support keeping the name. An Associated Press-GfK poll conducted in May found that 79 percent of fans would like the team to retain its name. (A more recent survey commissioned by a Native American tribe, however, determined that 55 percent of fans were receptive to a name change.)
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While Native American tribal groups have long protested the name, there is fresh momentum behind the movement to change it, led by the Oneida tribe based out of upstate New York. Last week, the D.C. City Council issued a resolution insisting that Snyder rebrand the team. Earlier this week, President Barack Obama waded into the controversy as well, supporting the idea of changing the name, citing its use as offensive to "a sizable group of people."