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Poll: Native American Team Names Here To Stay

Should Native American References Be Kept in Sports?

The name of a sports franchise is a brand with few peers in business and 78 percent of Americans wish to keep even the controversial ones, while only 12 percent want them retired.

It is interesting to note the history of the sports teams known as the Braves and the Redskins. Both were originally named for Boston teams, one baseball and one football, in 1912 and 1933, respectively. The Braves' name derived from an affectionate nickname of a club that the team owner belonged to. The Redskins were renamed in 1933 (they were also formerly known as the Braves) in honor of the team's Native American coach, Lone Star Dietz.

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