Social media can be used for all sorts of things in the sports world such as; promoting upcoming games or events, any injury news that may affect the team, etc. Recently some people have used it as a way to get others to sign up for causes they believe in. While most of these don’t really amount to anything, some however do take off and get a lot of attention. As is the case with the Washington Redskins.
There have been many recent talks about the Washington Redskins changing their name. While talks like this have happened before, they are really picking up as of recently. The main reason for this has been through the use of social media. Back in the day when offensive names of sports teams came up in the news they probably lasted for a few weeks before something more important came along. Now with social media these types of things can be kept alive by those who feel they are important.
In an article by AdWeek, it explains how many users have taken to social media to show their outrage for the name. Most of them plead with owner Dan Snyder to change the name and to apologize for it being offensive. There are even some out there, including Snyder who don’t want the name changed. Snyder said in an interview that the name will never be changed and this angered people on the side against him.
One of Snyder’s reasons for not changing the may be the money issue. The Redskins are currently the third most valuable franchise in the NFL and their logo is put onto almost everything you can think of. Even if he does not change the name, sooner or later more and more people will be rallying against him to change the name. If this happens then he may not have a choice, especially if the league comes at him and if the money begins to drop off.
In another article written by Sports Business News, it addresses the same issue, but looks at the money side of it. If the Redskins were to change their name and logo it could cost between 10-15 million dollars. The majority of this would be used to change FedEx Field from the Redskins logo and lettering to whatever their new name would be. Even with the Redskins being worth just over a billion dollars, it seems like the amount of money they would have to spend really wouldn’t put much of a dent in their total net worth.
While no petitions have surfaced yet on social media sites, in order to get the name changed doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened before. Back in May a petition surfaced on a few social media sites for the Jacksonville Jaguars to sign Tim Tebow. The petition was eventually posted on the White House’s website for President Obama to sign. However, he rejected the petition and the Jaguars continue to struggle.
Social media can be used for all kinds of things. Whether it is trying to get a team to change its name or to have the President allow a team to sign a certain player, social media can be used in so many different ways. With this in mind, it will be interesting to see what else will pop up on Twitter and Facebook in the future.