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Edmonton of the CFL decides to drop Eskimos, change its name

Edmonton of the CFL decides to drop Eskimos, change its name

Created: July 22, 2020 10:33 AM

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Eskimos will change their name. The Canadian Football League team announced the decision on Tuesday, following a similar decision by Washington's NFL team.

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Teams across sports have been under increasing pressure to drop racist or stereotypical names. Critics say the Edmonton team's name is a derogatory, colonial-era term for Inuit.

The team said in a release it will begin "a comprehensive engagement process" on a new name. In the meantime, the club will use the names EE Football Team and Edmonton Football Team.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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