CBS Announcers May Stop Saying ‘Redskins’ During NFL Games
CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus recently revealed that CBS announcers and production crews will likely make their own choices as to whether or not to use the word "Redskins" when referring to the Washington Redskins during NFL games.
"Generally speaking, we do not tell our announcers what to say or not say," McManus told The Hollywood Reporter.
"Up to this point, it has not been a big issue for us. Last year, it was simmering, now it's reaching a hotter level," added McManus. "But we probably will not end up dictating to our announcers whether they say Redskins or don't say Redskins."
"We leave that up to them and our production team. There are times when something becomes important enough that we talk to them, and between now and the start of football season we'll decide what is the right thing to do."
Last year, ESPN vice president Edmundo Macedo suggested the cable network should stop using "Redskins."
“Think about the name,” Macedo told ESPN's website. “Think about the stereotypical connotations around color. We would not accept anything similar as a team nickname if it were associated with any other ethnicity or any other race."
“Over the years, the more I thought about it, the less comfortable I became using it. I’m not sure other Americans have stopped to hear the voices of Native Americans," said Macedo. "I can only imagine how painful it must be to hear or see that word over and over, referenced so casually every day.”
Sources: ESPN and The Hollywood Reporter