In a sit-down meeting that happened earlier today, the focus, according to The Post, was not on changing the team’s name, but rather, the meeting was held “For the league to gather information on the team’s plans for dealing with the issues involved, including assessing and addressing opposition to the name.”
This meeting comes one day before NFL officials are scheduled to meet with members of the Oneida Indian Nation, who have consistently said that the team’s name is offensive and derogatory to Native Americans. The Nation started a “Change the Mascot” campaign to oppose the team name which they say is a “racial slur.”
But, a little after 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, the NFL representatives who will head Wednesday’s meeting with the Oneida Indian Nation were named: Adolpho Birch, a league senior vice president; and executive vice presidents, Jeff Pash and Paul Hicks, The Post said.
Earlier this year, Snyder said he is “never” going to change the team’s name. Goodell, who initially stood by Snyder, changed his position last month and said, “If one person was offended, we have to listen.”
Ray Halbritter, CEO and representative of the Oneida Indian Nation, said in previous reports that the meeting with the NFL officials is a “move in the right direction.”