The Washington Post

From Boston to Commanders, this is how we got here


1937: George Preston Marshall moves his NFL franchise from Boston to Washington.

1972: Washington makes changes to its fight song after urging from Native American leaders.

1999: Daniel Snyder buys the team for $800 million.

2013: Snyder tells USA Today he will never change the team’s name.

2014: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office cancels the team’s trademark registrati­on on the grounds that its name and logo are disparagin­g.

July 1, 2020: Amid a summer of protests of racial injustice, major investors implore Pepsico, Fedex and Nike to end sponsorshi­ps of the team.

July 2, 2020: Fedex, which holds Washington’s stadium naming rights, asks the team to change its name; the franchise agrees to review it.

July 13, 2020: The team announces it will “retire” its name and logo but does not announce a new moniker.

July 23, 2020: The franchise reveals that it will temporaril­y be known as the Washington Football Team and unveils new branding and uniforms.

Feb. 2, 2022: After two seasons as the Washington Football Team, the franchise announces Commanders as its permanent name and again reveals new branding and uniforms.

Aug. 6, 2022: Voting on new fight song lyrics concludes; fans choose “Fight for our Commanders” instead of “Leaders on a mission.”

Aug. 13, 2022: Voting begins on a new mascot; fans can choose a dog, a hog, a historical figure or a superhero.

Jan. 1, 2023: The new mascot will be revealed.


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