Sponsor FedEx asks Washington Redskins to change their name

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014 file photo, the Washington Redskins NFL football team logo is seen on the field before an NFL football preseason game against the New England Patriots in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(WJLA) – The Washington Redskins name has been a hotly contested debate for decades.

The team name is widely held to be a racist slur against Native Americans. Now, a major business partner of the team is indicating its stance on the name debate.

A FedEx spokesperson released this statement:

"We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name."

FedEx is the title sponsor of the team stadium in Landover, MD. According to AdWeek, two other major investors are also asking the team to look at changing the name, Nike and Pepsi.

Just this week, head coach Ron Rivera spoke on a Chicago radio station, saying, “I have my beliefs, I know what I think and I support the movements and support the players. I believe in what they’re doing, and again, I think that there are certain elements to certain things that it’s all about the timing and the best time to discuss those things.”

Owner Dan Snyder has remained vigilant on keeping the name, calling it a "badge of honor."