With a controversy swirling about the long-standing "Redskins" team nickname for the Washington, D.C., NFL franchise, CBS addressed its approach to the use of the name on-air.
The Associated Press reports that CBS Sports isn’t telling its announcers whether or not to use the name "Redskins."
“We don't tell our announcers what to say about any topic,'' CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said at the Television Critics Association press tour. ''That is true about team names also. We haven't made any specific plans as far as the name. We're looking at it, but right now we don't have any change in our plan.''
Similarly NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league doesn’t “dictate” how broadcasters cover the games. “That’s their decision,” he said.
The owner of the team has vowed not to change the name, but is under fire from groups calling it a racist term.
“CBS is launching Thursday night coverage of NFL games this fall in a one-year agreement with the league,” the piece notes. “CBS will air eight games that also will be simulcast on NFL Network, which will televise eight games in the run-up to the playoffs. The mix of games will include 14 on Thursday nights and two late-season games on Saturday. The schedule kicks off Sept. 11 with Pittsburgh at Baltimore.”