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NFL postpones first game after Covid-19 outbreak
NFL postpones first game after Covid-19 outbreak
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The Tennessee Titans vs Pittsburgh Steelers game has been postponed due to multiple Covid-19 cases. Multiple Titan players have been tested positive for Covid-19 and experience flu-like symptoms.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel has stated that "nobody's to blame. We're in a pandemic. This is a very unfortunate situation, but one that we're confident that we will be able to handle safely with the football team and the players' best interests in mind". The game will be rescheduled to a later point in the season.

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First black president in NFL history hired by Washington
First black president in NFL history hired by Washington
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The Washington Football Team has introduced the first black president in NFL history. jason Wright is a former NFL running back and takes over the position from Bruce Allen as Washington has parted way with him after the team fell behind expecations in the last season.

Jason Wright who is now also the youngest NFL team president stated that "I have always enjoyed building exciting new things and taking on the hard, seemingly intractable challenges that others may not want to tackle".

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Washington Redskins announces it will be called 'Washington Football Team' pending the decision of a new name
Washington Redskins announces it will be called 'Washington Football Team' pending the decision of a new name
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The Washington Redskins announced the franchise is officially going to change its name to the Washington Football Team, pending adoption of a new name. The decision to use 'Washington Football Team' for the 2020 season is to give the franchise some time to undertake an in-depth branding process to properly include player, alumni, fan, community, and sponsor input.

The Redskins name and logo will officially be retired by the start of the 2020 season.

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Washington Redskins under pressure from sponsors to change their name
FedEx Field stadium
FedEx Field stadium Credit: Anders Krøgh Jørgensen

Adweek reported Wednesday that Washington Redskins' sponsors FedEx, Nike and PepsiCo received letters signed by more than 80 investment firms and shareholders asking the companies to sever ties with the team unless it changes its controversial name.

FedEx, which holds the naming rights for the NFL team stadium, told in a statement: "We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name,".

Nike, on Thursday night, appeared to remove all Redskins gear from its online store but declined to comment about it.

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Los Angeles Chargers may workout Colin Kaepernick for NFL return
Graffiti of Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta, Georgia
Graffiti of Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta, Georgia Credit: JJonahJackalope (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn has revealed that the team has former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on their radar of free agent players to workout with a view to adding them to their roster.

Kaepernick, who received international attention during the 2016 NFL season for sitting and subsequently kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and wider systematic racial injustice, has been a free agent since the end of that season but has not been signed by any team since. In 2017 he filed a grievance against the NFL accusing them of conspiring to keep him out of the league but withdrew it after reaching a settlement with the league in 2019.

Lynn told a media Zoom conference that Kapernick "fits the style of quarterback that we want" and that it would be easy to "figure out real quick where he is" in terms of fitness.

Kapernick himself said in a February interview with USA Today that he was "ready for a phone call; tryout; workout at any point" and still had the desire to return to football.

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NFL commissioner admits mistake in past response to racial protests

Roger Goodell said in a video statement that "the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier, and encourage all to speak out an peacefully protest,"

The move backtracks on past criticism of players such as Colin Kaepernick, in 2016, for their protests of racial injustice in the U.S.

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NFL moving international series games back to US stadiums
Wembley Stadium, London, before New Orleans Saints vs Miami Dolphins on 1 October, 2017
Wembley Stadium, London, before New Orleans Saints vs Miami Dolphins on 1 October, 2017 Credit: Ian Hughes (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NFL announced today it decided against holding previously scheduled regular season games in London and Mexico City during the 2020 season.

The NFL had planned to play five games abroad: One game at Mexico City's Azteca Stadium, two at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and two at Wembley Stadium.