The Federal Communications Commission has issued a ruling in the dispute over the name of the Washington Redskins NFL team. Bloomberg reports that the panel said the name isn’t profane or obscene.
The FCC dismissed a request to deny the license renewal of a Virginia radio station that uses the name in its broadcasts covering the team, the story says. George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf III claimed the use of the term for the NFL team is objectionable because the word “Redskins” is a “derogatory racial and ethnic slur” against Native Americans.
The ruling is “no more than round one,” Banzhaf said, adding that there are other active petitions before the FCC about the use of the term.
“Last month the team won the right to review a decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to cancel the mark as disparaging,” the story reports. “Team owner Daniel Snyder has repeatedly said the name was intended to honor Native Americans and he won’t change it.”