The Donald Sterling saga has definitely created many headlines in the sports world and occupied many column inches in the sports pages recently, but the Redskins name controversy is still fighting to be heard in and amongst other big stories.
As the other stories dissipate somewhat, the Redskins debate has been taken to another level Thursday thanks to the 50 senators who have shown support for forcing the NFL to make the name change happen.
Some of the senators have even cited the Sterling saga as further reason for the move to change the name. This is because the LA Clippers owner's racist comments have sparked a national debate about race relations.
Rather than getting overshadowed by the Sterling controversy, it seems that it has actually helped, with 50 senators coming in to support the name change.
Getting 50 people to agree on something is quite unusual, according to one senator, which further proves the severity of the situation for Washington's football team.
"Listen, it is hard to get 50 people in this place to agree on anything," said Maria Cantwell (Wash.), who circulated the letter.