Washington’s NFL franchise is simply going to be known as – get this – “Washington Football Team” for the time being.
The team confirmed the name change on Thursday, as its Twitter handle changed to @WashingtonNFL.
The new account includes the team’s temporary logo, which is a stylized “W.”
It also tweeted photoshopped images of current players in brand new team uniforms without the old branding.
ESPN and NBC Sports report that the name will serve as a placeholder until the team chooses a new team name in the near future.
It begins here… pic.twitter.com/CHCCZ64W81
— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) July 23, 2020
The team is keeping its same burgundy and gold color scheme, and will also retain the same uniform set for the most part.
However, its old logo will be replaced with player numbers on helmets..
Jerseys will substitute the team’s old nickname with the word “Washington.”
The team officially retired its previous nickname, which is a dictionary-defined term for Native Americans, last month, during nationwide protests over systemic racism.
Effective immediately, Washington will call itself the “Washington Football Team”, pending adoption of a new name, sources tell ESPN.
This is not a final renaming and rebranding for team; this is the name it wants to use until pending adoption of a new name in the future. pic.twitter.com/sBs0Uo0ICm
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 23, 2020
It is unknown when the team will choose a new nickname.