Sponsor FedEx asks Redskins to change their name

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Sonny Jurgensen (Photo: Washington Redskins)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The title sponsor of the Washington Redskins’ stadium wants the NFL team to change its name.

In a statement Thursday, FedEx said: “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.“ The company paid the team $205 million in 1999 for the naming rights to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.

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In addition to the stadium name and sponsorship agreement, FedEx CEO Frederik Smith is a minority owner.

Majority owner Daniel Snyder has shown no indications he’ll change the name since buying the team in 1999.