In the fall, RWF wrote to the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) of the United Kingdom asking them not to use the name of the team when advertizing the game the team will play in London next year. Today, RWF received the DCMS' reply. DCMS basically told us to bugger off. Despite having a mission that includes, "creating a fairer and more equal society, including opening up marriage to same-sex couples," DCMS implies that the name of the team is just fine and agrees with the stance of the "NFL in this matter." The NFL's stance is one of implied consent; it has not asked Mr. Snyder to change the name and did not respond to RWF request's to change the name. Here in the United States, the federal government has decreed that Mr. Snyder cannot play in the nation's capitol and lease the land under RFK until he changes the name. But it is fine for Mr. Snyder to play in London. What a sad irony...so much for the British tradition of civility. By the way, the Wsahington Post editorial page keeps up its drumbeat regarding the need to change the name...see http://wpo.st/Ut741. Maybe the staff of the editorial page should instruct the UK Department for Culture and teach them a thing or two about culture!
Josh Silver is one of the founders of RWF and is a life time fan that wants the name changed!