In 2018, National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell said he did not believe Snyder would "change his perspective" about the nickname, citing a 2016 Washington Post poll that found that 90% of Native Americans did not find the team's nickname offensive.
FedEx gained Washington's stadium naming rights in 1999. Native Americans have pushed to change the name - which Indigenous activists often refer to as the "Slurskins" - for decades, including through court challenges and protests.
Pressure for Snyder to change the name has been at an all-time high in the weeks following the killing of George Floyd in police custody. Nike, the league's official uniform supplier, did more showing than telling when it wiped the team's products from its online store.
Team owner Daniel Snyder has in the past remained steadfast on keeping the name, calling it a 'badge of honor, ' despite Native American leaders across North America demanding a change.
Adweek also has reported that sponsors Nike and PepsiCo are under pressure to sever ties with the team unless it changes its name. PepsiCo did not immediately respond to an email Friday seeking comment. Shareholders voted to stick with the name at that time. Rivera, who is of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent and is the only Hispanic head coach now in the National Football League, added he'd work closely with Snyder during the process.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said recently the name was an "obstacle" to the team building a stadium in the District of Columbia.
On Thursday, FedEx said that it had asked the team to drop the Redskins name. Simply put, the review process wouldn't be underway if change wasn't coming.
The team in late June removed racist founder George Preston Marshall from its Ring of Fame.
It's been speculated that Washington could return to RFK Stadium if Snyder decides to give its franchise a new home.
Brian Mitchell has seen the debate over the Redskins name controversy take place for over 30 years, but never has he witnessed the level of pressure now on the team to make the change. "I've always felt that way".