Last year, Dan Snyder told USA Today that he would “Never – you can use caps” change his team’s offensive name.
But according to an interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show, former Redskins general manager Vinny Cerrato, and Snyder’s close friend, said that his stronghold about the team’s name is a family thing.
“I know Dan Snyder very well,” Cerrato recently told Boston’s The Sports Hub. “And he is fighting this, and he’s against this, and he doesn’t believe what people are saying….It goes back to his childhood. It goes back to his dad. It is deep with him, why that name means so much. And then with Bruce Allen, his dad was the coach, so it means something to him. So I think they will fight it to the end, and Dan has made those comments….It almost now is like Dan vs. the politicians. It’s not the fan base; it’s a fight amongst the politicians and Dan Snyder.”
Later on in the interview, Cerrato said that there is a scenario where Snyder might consider changing it.
“It’s not about the money,” Cerrato said later. “Dan’s got a ton of money. He’ll fight this. I said this when this first started a year ago or whatever, I said the only way I see him eventually changing the name is if — IF — he gets a new stadium out of it, downtown, where old RFK was. And he builds a stadium bigger than [Jerry Jones's], which he would do, bigger and better than Jerry’s. He gets a Super Bowl. All that.”
Really? A bigger stadium and the Super Bowl? Not because the name’s a “badge of honor” and for the team’s 81-year history?
“I said that’s the way that maybe he would change the name,” Cerrato continued. “Getting the property, getting the land, getting a good deal from the city to make concessions to change the name. I don’t know. But to me, he’s going to continue to fight this. I haven’t spoken to him in a while, but he’s visited these reservations. They’ve done a lot of due diligence about this to justify their case of keeping the name. I know Dan. He’s not giving up….
“You know where it hits them? If sponsors start pulling out,” Cerrato later said. “If league sponsors start to pull out, then it’s hurting 31 other teams. Then other owners will start to get involved, then the league will get involved. If Dan starts losing major sponsors, then you’re really losing money.”