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Take 4? The new owners are discussing a change in the Commander’s name

Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson, part of NFL team Washington’s new ownership group, hinted that the Commander’s name could be changed soon. Image: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After the Washington Redskins, then the Washington Football Team, the Washington Commanders are under new ownership and another potential name change

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Following the sale of an NFL franchise to a Josh Harris-led group that includes former NBA great Magic Johnson, which was approved by the league’s owners Thursday in Minnesota, it appears the new ownership has plans for a thorough brand overhaul to Washington.

“Everything is on the table, especially after this year,” Johnson said Friday on his “Today” event. “We’ll see where we are with that name, but I can’t say right now.”

Under Dan Snyder’s reign as franchise owner since 1999, the Washington franchise has had three team names in 24 seasons — and two playoff wins.

Harris, principal owner of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, paid $6.05 billion to buy the franchises where he grew up cheering in Chevy Chase, Md.

“I feel an extraordinary responsibility to the city of Washington,” Harris said Thursday. “I know what I have to do. It’s down to winning. It’s up to me and our ownership group to make that happen. That’s what we’re going to do.”

Major organizational changes expected in the first year include reconsidering the name and handling the dilapidated FedEx Field.

Harris is the general partner of Crystal Palace FC in the English Premier League and a minority shareholder in Joe Gibbs Racing. Johnson is a part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, MLS’ Los Angeles FC and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.

Johnson was crushed and overcome with emotion when he discussed Friday morning in an interview on “Today” the importance of being able to sit in the owner’s box at the game in Washington.

“I will excel not only for myself and my family, but for all African Americans, making sure we can see ourselves in this chair,” Johnson said.

–Field Level Media

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