The MSNBC program called, “Hardball with Chris Matthews” can be seen each night at 7 p.m. (Monday through Friday). It covers only U.S. politics. On Oct. 7, 2013 during the “Hardball Sideshow” segment which can be seen online. Matthews reported on President Obama who talked with the Associated Press (AP) about the NFL team-name called the Washington “Redskins.” Obama said, “If I were the owner of the team and I knew that the name of my team, even if they've had a storied history, was offending a sizable group of people, I'd think about changing it.”
The NBC Sunday program called, “Meet the Press” which also covers only U.S. politics had a Native American guest Ray Halbritter on its' show Oct. 6. Ray is a member of the Oneida Indian Nation & said this about the “Redskins” name, “Any other group or ethnic group would not tolerate this kind of language being used about them that’s so denigrating and dehumanizing.” There was a symposium held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel at Georgetown Oct 7. It was hosted by the Oneida tribe focusing on the NFL name aimed at Native American stereotypes.
Lanny J. Davis who is the lawyer for the Washington “Redskins” said in response of President Obama to the USA Today newspaper, “As a supporter of President Obama, I am sure the president is not aware that in the highly respected Annenberg Institute poll (taken 2004) with a national sample of Native Americans - 9 out of 10 Native Americans said they were not bothered by the name the 'Washington Redskins.' The president made these comments to the Associated Press, but he was apparently unaware that an April 2013 AP poll showed that eight out of ten of all Americans in a national sample don't think the Washington 'Redskins' name should be changed.”
Lanny goes onto say, "We at the 'Redskins' respect everyone. But like devoted fans of the Atlanta 'Braves', the Cleveland 'Indians' and the Chicago 'Blackhawks' (from President Obama's hometown ), we love our team and its' name and, like those fans, we do not intend to disparage or disrespect a racial or ethnic group. The name 'Washington Redskins' is 80 years old - it's our history and legacy and tradition. We 'Redskins' fans sing 'hail to the Redskins' every Sunday as a word of honor not disparagement."
The owner of the Washington “Redskins” named Dan Snyder wrote a statement & part of it went like this, “As some of you may know, our team began 81 years ago in 1932 with the name 'Boston Braves.' The following year, the franchise name was changed to the 'Boston Redskins.' On that inaugural 'Redskins' team, four players and our Head Coach were Native Americans. The name was never a label. It was, and continues to be, a badge of honor."
Snyder claims to have said that he will never change the name. He went onto say, “I’ve listened carefully to the commentary and perspectives on all sides, and I respect the feelings of those who are offended by the team name. But I hope such individuals also try to respect what the name means, not only for all of us in the extended 'Washington Redskins' family, but among Native Americans too.”