NFC East Watch: The FCC Isn't Happy With the Redskins' Team Name

Three former FCC commissioners have reportedly spoken out against the Redskins' nickname

It’s an issue that won’t seemingly ever go away, but the controversy over the Washington Redskins’ team name continues on.

According to a report by, per, three former FCC Commissioners have joined in the shouting match over the offensiveness of the team name--and they think that team name is pretty dang offensive.

“It is impermissible under law that the FCC would condone, or that broadcasters would use, obscene pornographic language on live television,” says a letter sent to Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder and signed by FCC Chairman Reed Hunt, as well as former Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Nicholas Johnson.  “This medium uses government-owned airwaves in exchange for an understanding that it will promote the public interest.  Similarly, it is inappropriate for broadcasters to use racial epithets as part of normal, everyday reporting.”

As PFT points out, the letter opts against using the name “Redskins.”

“XXXskin is the most derogatory name a Native American can be called.  It is an unequivocal racial slur,” the letter continues.  “As the Washington Post’s Mike Wise pointed out, ‘America wouldn’t stand for a team called the Blackskins--or the Mandingos, the Brothers, the Yellowskins, insert your ethnic minority here.’”

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