One of my favorite Sports Stations, Wild 98.7 the Fan in Tampa, came up with a clever parody of the Native American ad that ran during the NBA finals.
During game 2 of the NBA finals with the Heat and the Spurs an ad ran that was titled “Proud to Be” which was produced by the nation’s oldest and largest Native American representative organization, the National Congress of American Indians.
The video goes over a list of names that are acceptable to American Indians and then ends with an image of the Washington Redskins indicating that the Redskins name is unacceptable.
Recently, the US Patent Office ruled that the name Redskins was a “disparaging” term and revoked its trademark on the name.
This ruling has sparked outrage from many Redskins fans as well as those in the media and public that feel this issue is in fact a non issue.
Washington Redskin team owner, Dan Snyder has made it public that he has no intention of changing the long standing team name.
This is not the 1st time that the Redskins have been under fire for their team name. In 1999 the Washington Redskin team name suffered a similar fate after complaints were filed. The decision was overturned later by what many think was a technicality.
Polls of the general public have varying results depending on who is doing the polling but it is clear there is a clear difference of opinion among Americans and even Native Americans over the name of the team.
One thing to remember in this case however is that the courts will not consider the opinion of the public but instead focus on the overall opinion of the American Indian population which accounts for less than 1% of the entire population of the United States.
Regardless of how the case turns out I prefer to take a humorous look at events, sports in particular.
With that in mind I submit to you the PSA that the Pirate nation took out in protest of the Buccaneers name. What do you think, funny or not?