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The Washington football team is changing its name. Finally.

In a Monday morning press release that repeatedly used the racist slur, the NFL franchise formally announced that it’ll be retiring the name and logo.

The name change has been decades in the making. It’s been close to 30 years since Native American activist Suzan Shown Harjo filed the landmark suit that sought to cancel the federal trademarked name for the Washington NFL franchise. 

Team owner Dan Snyder has repeatedly said over the years that he’d NEVER (and use caps, he said) change the name, so what gives? It’s not so altruistic. Some suspect corporate money finally made it happen.    

“The biggest lesson is the power of money,” writes Post columnist Robert McCartney. “The team announced the name review a day after FedEx—a major sponsor, which owns the naming rights for the team’s stadium—said publicly it had requested a name change. FedEx also sent a letter to the team saying it would remove its signage from the stadium after the 2020 season if the name isn’t changed. That would cost Snyder about $45 million in revenue.”

According to the announcement, Synder and Coach Ron Rivera are working together to develop a new name and logo, one that “will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and will inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years.” 

What name ticks all the boxes? “Red Wolves” is quite popular. What do YOU think?

—Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)

CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • At Monday’s press conference, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a third antibody testing site opened, by appointment only. The District’s antibody testing sites will close August 15, when D.C.’s partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ends. They are partnering to randomly survey up to 850 D.C. residents to learn about the coronavirus. [Twitter]

  • As of June 13, D.C. reported no additional deaths related to COVID-19 and 59 new positive cases, bringing the total numbers to 568 and 10,906, respectively. This is the fourth consecutive day D.C. experienced no deaths related to COVID-19. [EOM]

  • AfterCity Paperreported D.C. hospitals only allow laboring patients one visitor—forcing them to choose between their partner and doula—George Washington University Hospital changed its visitor policy, allowing a second visitor effective July 10. [WCP]

  • Residents are getting their COVID-19 test results back late or not at all. Overwhelmed labs and technical errors are to blame. [DCist]

  • There have been 100 homicides in the District this year, after a violent weekend where at least six people were killed. [Post, MPD

  • The Post spoke with residents on Cedar Street SE, where 11-year-old Davon McNeal was fatally shot on July 4, who called to fix policing, not defund it. [Post]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie spars with D.C. Police Union. [Twitter]

  • ICYMI: Advocates dissatisfied with incremental changes to MPD’s budget. [WAMU]

  • Jump bikes are back in D.C. today. [DCist]

  • The D.C. Council is considering a tool to measure racial equity in the government. [WUSA]

  • D.C. is looking to enfranchise incarcerated people. [Guardian]

  • D.C. judge blocks Trump’s attempt to resume federal executions by lethal injection. [Twitter, Reuters]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Shaw’s new Vietnamese restaurant, Nineteen-Fourteen, has a replica of a Hanoi train car in the dining room. [WCP]

  • New LINE Hotel restaurant Cafe Spoken serves Japanese comfort food inspired by kissaten culture. [WCP]

  • How Thamee plans to be an anti-racist restaurant. [Post]

  • Black women have historically made food a central part of protest. [Eater]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall(tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Phyllis Randall, Loudoun County’s first Black board chair, presides over a unanimous vote to remove the Confederate statue that stands in front of the Loudoun County Courthouse. [WAMU]

  • Washington Ballet artistic director Julie Kent announces on Instagram that she is recovering from COVID-19. [Post]

  • Dark Horse Theatre Company will premiere Spirit Seekers, a comedy about amateur ghost hunters, online on July 25. [DC Metro Theater Arts]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The statement from the Washington NFL team uses the outgoing name seven times. [WCP]

  • The Red Wolves nickname is gaining momentum among local NFL players and athletes—including Kevin Durant. [Radio.com, NBC Sports Washington

  • The Caps begin Phase 3 of training camp today with the aim of playing a three-game round-robin in early August to determine the playoff seedings. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

  • Basketball legend and Northern Virginia native Kara Lawson is the next Duke women’s basketball coach. [NBC Sports Washington]

  • D.C. United’s Sunday match was rescheduled to this morning after one of its players tested positive for COVID-19. [ESPN]

  • The Spirit picks up another win at the NWSL Challenge Cup. [Black and Red United]

CITY LIGHTS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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