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.