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Copyright (c) 2006 University of Texas at Austin School of Law
Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law

ARTICLE: "Hail to the Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Persons": Has Political Correctness Gone Too Far?

Fall, 2006

7 Tex. Rev. Ent. & Sports L. 15

Author

Marvin L. Longabaugh+

Excerpt



I. Introduction
 
One of the most intriguing subplots of the 2005 National Football League season was the return of the Washington Redskins, one of the league's original franchises, to prominence. Daniel Snyder, one of the brash, young dot.com millionaires of the late nineties, purchased the Redskins, one of the National Football League's most venerable franchises, in 1999. 1 Almost immediately, Snyder made his mark on the team, firing longtime employees and selling the naming rights of the team's stadium, where the team plays its home games. 2 Instead of naming the stadium after longtime Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, it now bears the name of a leading overnight shipping company. 3 Snyder immediately invested some of his millions into player acquisitions, spending close to $ 40 million in signing bonuses 4 in an attempt to win the Super Bowl as soon as possible. 5

As Snyder's aggressive efforts to win at all costs bear fruit, protests over the inflammatory nature of the team's nickname are sure to bloom as well. For some Native Americans, the term "redskin" is as much of an affront as the terms "nigger," "spic,", and "kike" are to other socioeconomic groups. 6 In a somewhat sarcastic bow to today's heightened sense of political correctness, Gregg Easterbrook, a columnist for the NFL.com website, sardonically refers to the Redskins as the "Potomac Drainage Basin Indigeneous Persons." 7

Native Americans have recently made some headway in their ...
 
 
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