It’s possible the Washington Commanders will get another major rebrand in the future.
Magic Johnson, who is part of the ownership group led by Josh Harris that officially acquired the Commanders on Thursday, didn’t rule out a name change after the 2023 season.
“I think everything’s on the table, especially after this year,” Johnson said on “The Today Show,” according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post. “We’ll see where we are with the name, but I can’t say that right now.
“We’re going to spend this year understanding what we have in place, and then I’m sure that that’ll come up. The Commanders, the name of the team, will come up eventually. But right now, we got enough work to do that will keep us busy.”
Another change would mark the fourth name in recent memory. The NFL franchise retired the controversial Redskins team name – which had been in use since 1933 – after the 2019 campaign due to pressure from sponsors. The team then adopted the Washington Football Team moniker for two seasons before unveiling the Commanders name prior to the 2022 season.
The Washington franchise was solid to Harris and Co. for a reported price of $6.05 billion, making it the most expensive acquisition ever of a U.S. sports franchise. The sale marked the end of a 24-season ownership tenure by Dan Snyder that was filled with multiple scandals over alleged workplace misconduct, sexual harassment, and financial impropriety.
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