Roger Goodell has publicly defended the Redskins' name, saying that it is a tribute to Native Americans.
Still, there are many people clamoring for a change, saying that the Redskins' name is akin to calling a team the "Washington N-words."
An Idaho high school has dropped the Redskins name, but the NFL team will take an awful lot more convincing if any change is to be made.
Most people don't view the term 'Redskins' quite the same as the N word, but the real problem is that in too many of the discussions about whether or not it needs to be changed, there are only rich old white men at the table.
The people who are actually affected by this, and those whose opinion should be held in the highest regard are the Native Americans whom this name supposedly "honors," according to Goodell.
Dave Zirin wrote an excellent piece on this topic over at Grantland, where he quotes several Native American leaders as saying that they believe the Redskins' name should be changed, and that the term is as offensive as any word that anyone could ever use.
Suzan Shown Harjo is of Cheyenne and Muscogee descent, and is the president of the Morning Star Institute, a national indigenous-rights organization in D.C. She wasn't shy at all about her thoughts on the topic:
Lots of people will chime in on the topic, I'm sure, and a vast majority of these people will have skin as pale as mine. People like Roger Goodell and Dan Snyder, who have never experienced even the slightest hardship because of their heritage, will try to tell you (and everyone else) how you should feel about the Redskins' name.
In all reality, it doesn't matter what Goodell and Snyder think about it, or who they think should feel offended.
And it probably doesn't matter what you think, either. Unless, of course, you're a card-carrying member of a Native American tribe. If you're not... who are you to talk?