He said the name Commanders is appropriate for a significant military presence in and around Washington, DC, although O’Hara says the name sounds a bit generic and perhaps has too many syllables.
“It works with the region,” he said. “But it feels worn, not fresh.”
Some names were disqualified because they were already used by other teams or because of concerns they might infringe on trademarks.
In the end, the four finalists went through a full design process, including seeing how they would look on television, print, social media, and on uniforms and helmets.
Alternative names include RedWolves, Admiral, General, Armada, and President, names prominent in social media announcements and statements from Wright, who remove Some names are out of dispute because they conflict with trademarks held by other teams, including two variations of the RedWolves name.
Teams are sometimes renamed or rebranded as they move to different cities or are sold to new owners. The Rams kept their name and colors but changed their logo and uniform when they moved to Los Angeles from St. Louis before the 2016 season. In Major League Baseball, the Marlins replaced Florida with Miami in their name when they moved to a stadium within the city limits. The current Cleveland Browns are a reactivated version of the group after Art Modell moved his version to Baltimore and it becomes the Crow.
In Washington’s case, the team has for years faced calls from fans, sponsors, and Native American groups to abandon the previous franchise name, which has long been considered a a racial humiliation of Native Americans. The team’s owner, Daniel Snyder, resisted that pressure and resisted legal challenges to strip the team’s trademark.
But in July 2020, after George Floyd’s murder by the police and a national debate ensued about the treatment of non-whites, Snyder was pleased and remove the name “Redskins”, has existed for 87 years.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/02/sports/washington-football-team-commanders.html Washington football team has been renamed Team Commander