Published: Wed, January 31, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Commissioner Roger Goodell wants to clarify National Football League catch rule next season

Commissioner Roger Goodell wants to clarify National Football League catch rule next season

The focus that we've had is, "In any way is this insulting to the Native Americans?' and I think that poll is overwhelmingly positive that they don't [find the name offensive]". In the competition committee's going to be bringing this up in February and March.

Commissioner Roger Goodell deemed the infamous "catch rule" one of the league's top priorities this offseason after a number of controversial calls this season - including an overturned touchdown that likely cost the Steelers a win against the Patriots in December and reignited the debate over the tenuous policy.

"We will never change the name of the team", Snyder said. Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred supported the Indians' decision and had reportedly been pushing the team over the past year to go in that direction.

"The interesting thing is that Dan Snyder has really worked in the Native American community to understand better their perspective", Goodell said.

The Indians began using Chief Wahoo as the team logo beginning in 1947, but after Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and team owner Paul Dolan discussed the issue extensively in recent years, it was chose to remove Chief Wahoo from the team's uniform and logo.


The poll included 504 Native Americans from every state and the District of Columbia. Meanwhile, Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter issued a statement on behalf of the Change the Mascot campaign.

"Cleveland's decision should finally compel the Washington football team to make the same honorable decision". 'For too long, people of color have been stereotyped with these kinds of hurtful symbols - and no symbol is more hurtful than the football team in the nation's capital using a dictionary-defined racial slur as its team name. The intent of the rule is to give officials a clear and bright line for judging a catch, but Goodell made clear he now considers it problematic.

With Snyder not seeming to budge, it looks like if the name was to ever been changed, Goodell would have to step in and push for it.

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the Redskins trademark case in October 2016, but the following June, the Court ruled in favor of an Asian-American rock band that was denied a trademark on the grounds that it disparages Asians. Their lease at FedExField expires in 2027.

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