Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY MATT OTT AND CATHY BUSSEWITZ AP Busi­ness Writer

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Mon­day crit­i­cized a pair of pro sports teams that are con­sid­er­ing name changes in the wake of a na­tional reckoning over racial in­jus­tice and in­equal­ity.

Trump tweeted, “They name teams out of STRENGTH, not weak­ness, but now the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins & Cleve­land In­di­ans, two fa­bled sports fran­chises, look like they are go­ing to be chang­ing their names in or­der to be po­lit­i­cally cor­rect.”

Trump, in his tweet, also mentioned Demo­cratic Sen. Elizabeth War­ren, say­ing, “In­di­ans, like Elizabeth War­ren, must be very an­gry right now!” Trump has re­peat­edly mocked War­ren, who ran for the 2020 Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion, for claim­ing Na­tive Amer­i­can heritage, de­ri­sively call­ing her “Poc­a­hon­tas.”

On Mon­day, more than a dozen Na­tive Amer­i­can lead­ers and or­ga­ni­za­tions sent a let­ter to NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell call­ing for the league to force Red­skins owner Dan Sny­der to change the name im­me­di­ately.

The let­ter was signed by 15 Na­tive Amer­i­can ad­vo­cates and ob­tained by The Associated Press. It de­mands the team and the NFL cease the use of Na­tive Amer­i­can names, im­agery and lo­gos — with spe­cific im­por­tance put on Wash­ing­ton, which last week launched a “thor­ough re­view” of its name.

The Red­skins’ de­ci­sion came af­ter FedEx, which paid $205 million for nam­ing rights to the team’s sta­dium, and other cor­po­rate partners called for the team to change its nick­name.

Hours later, the In­di­ans Ma­jor League Base­ball team an­nounced that they, too, will re­view their long-de­bated name.

“We are com­mit­ted to mak­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact in our com­mu­nity and em­brace our re­spon­si­bil­ity to ad­vance so­cial jus­tice and equal­ity,” the team said in a state­ment.

Trump rips NASCAR, Wal­lace

Also Mon­day, NASCAR’s lay­ered re­la­tion­ship with Trump took a sharp turn when the pres­i­dent took a side­swipe at the rac­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion for ban­ning the Con­fed­er­ate flag and wrongly ac­cused the sport’s only full-time Black driver, Bubba Wal­lace, of per­pe­trat­ing “a hoax” when a crew mem­ber found a noose in the team garage stall. “Has @Bub­baWal­lace apol­o­gized to all of those great NASCAR driv­ers & of­fi­cials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were will­ing to sac­ri­fice every­thing for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just an­other HOAX?” Trump tweeted. “That & Flag de­ci­sion has caused low­est rat­ings EVER!”

Fed­eral author­i­ties ruled last month the noose had been hang­ing since Oc­to­ber and was not a hate crime.

SIL­VER SPRING, Md. — Uber has widened its reach in the fiercely com­pet­i­tive de­liv­ery mar­ket by ac­quir­ing Post­mates in a $2.65 bil­lion all-stock deal, the com­pany said Mon­day.

The ac­qui­si­tion en­ables the ride-hail­ing gi­ant to in­crease its de­liv­ery of­fer­ings at a time when the global pan­demic has sup­pressed cus­tomers’ de­sire for rides while boost­ing home de­liv­ery needs. While Uber’s meal de­liv­ery busi­ness, Uber Eats, has mostly fo­cused on restau­rants, Post­mates de­liv­ers a wider ar­ray of goods, in­clud­ing gro­ceries, phar­macy items, al­co­holic drinks and party sup­plies.

“The vi­sion for us is to be­come an ev­ery­day ser­vice,” Uber CEO Dara Khos­row­shahi said in a conference call with in­vestors Mon­day. “Post­mates is a great step along that vi­sion. Any place you want to go, any­thing you want de­liv­ered to your home, Uber is go­ing to be there with you, and we think these ev­ery­day fre­quent in­ter­ac­tions cre­ate a habit — cre­ate a con­nec­tion with cus­tomers.”

Uber and its Uber Eats di­vi­sion will gain ground against DoorDash, which con­trols about 44% of the U.S. meal de­liv­ery mar­ket. That’s com­pared with Uber Eats’ 23% share be­fore the Post­mates deal. Grubhub and its sub­sidiaries had just un­der 23% of the U.S. meal de­liv­ery mar­ket, ac­cord­ing to May fig­ures from Sec­ond Mea­sure, a data anal­y­sis com­pany. Post­mates had about 8% of the mar­ket.

Last month, Uber lost out in a bid for Grubhub. But Am­s­ter­dam-based Just Eat Take­ ended up nab­bing Chicago’s Grubhub in a $7.3 bil­lion deal. Uber was re­port­edly seek­ing to team Grubhub with its Uber Eats busi­ness. The food de­liv­ery sec­tor is un­der­go­ing a ma­jor con­sol­i­da­tion this year, and more is ex­pected.

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