FCC Considers Banning “Redskins” Under Proposed “Obscenity Rules” (Video)
The Obama FCC will consider banning “Redskins” and punishing broadcasters for using the nickname in their coverage.
America’s Newsroom reported:
The ruling would allow the government to fine broadcasters for using the word “Redskins” on the air.
Sports Illustrated reported:
The Federal Communications Commission will consider punishing broadcasters for using the Washington Redskins’ nickname on air, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said during a conference call with reporters, according to Reuters.
Legal activist John Banzhaf III, a law professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., petitioned the FCC to revoke a Washington radio station’s broadcast license due to its repeated use of the nickname.
Wheeler said his organization will “be looking into that petition.”
“There are a lot of names and descriptions that were used over time that are inappropriate today,” Wheeler added, according to Reuters. “And I think the name that is attributed to the Washington football club is one of those.”
In June the US Patent Office cancelled the Redskins trademark registrations.