The Washington Redskins should look at history for their name change

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The saga surrounding the Washington Redskins and their controversial nickname is one that has been dominating headlines for months.

It seems almost inevitable that the name will be changed but to what, is still yet to be determined.

Its not uncommon for teams to relocate, for instance the Baltimore Colts moved to Indianapolis, the Raiders have gone from Oakland to Los Angeles and back again and what started as the St Louis Cardinals are now the Arizona Cardinals.

With relocations can often come new nicknames, the Dallas Texans became the Kansas City Chiefs and the Portsmouth Spartans became the Detroit Lions.

Only a handful of teams have ever changed their name without changing location and given that these teams make up some current NFL franchises, maybe a name change wouldn't be the worst thing.

Boston Braves

Who are the Boston Braves? Well for those unfamiliar with the 1930's NFL, the Braves were the franchise bought by George Preston Marshall in 1933.

Many people got confused however between the NFL team and the MLB team by the exact same name - a fairly easy mistake to make I think.

The Boston Braves of baseball have since moved to Milwaukee and now reside in Atlanta but have never dropped their nickname.

The NFL's Boston Braves however became the Boston Redskins and moved to Washington D.C in 1937.

Now the Redskins seem in need of name change again and it could work out well for them to ditch the controversy of the arguably racially insensitive name they've had for the last 77 years.

The New York Titans

The New York Titans, these days they go by the name the New York Jets but shortly after being saved from financial destruction, they were almost given a different name.

They were almost called the Dodgers but apparently MLB wasn't best pleased with that thinking they could be confused with the LA Dodgers - cause teams shouldn't share the same nicknames *cough* Cardinals *cough*.

They were also rumoured to be called the Gothams, which based on the setting for Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy would have been epic but the shortened name of the 'goths'... much less epic.

Eventually, the name of the Jets was settled on based on the fact the team would be playing at Shea Stadium which was located near LaGuardia airport.

Tennessee Oilers

Two years after relocating from Houston to Tennessee, the Oilers opted for a name change and left it down to a public vote.

Titans won over names such as Tornadoes, Copperheads, South Stars, and Wranglers. 

I personally think the Tennessee South Stars is better than Titans but I wasn't involved in the voting unfortunately.

So maybe a change of name won't be as disastrous as many fans may make it out to be.

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