FCC Considers Ban On Use Of The NFL Name 'Redskins'

While the FCC cannot outlaw the use of the name Redskins for NFL teams or individual conversations, they can rule the word "indecent" and prevent it being mentioned on television and radio---and that's exactly what they are considering.

Reuters reports that the FCC, which enforces broadcast indecency violations, has received a petition from legal activist and GW University Professor John Banzhaf III asking that regulators strip local radio station WWXX-FM of its broadcasting license when it comes up for renewal because they used the name "Redskins." Banzhaf says the word is racist, derogatory, profane and hateful, making its use "akin to broadcasting obscenity.'

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told reporters:

We'll be looking at that petition, we will be dealing with that issue on the merits and we'll be responding accordingly. There are a lot of names and descriptions that were used over time that are inappropriate today. And I think the name that is attributed to the Washington football club is one of those.

A long time activist for removing personal freedoms, Banzhaf's other efforts include, forcing his students to lobby their local governments to ban 16-ounce-plus sodas, and manipulating the legal system so people who have smoked for 30 years and have seen all of the warnings can still sue tobacco companies.

In another case, Banzhaf filed a charge with the DC Office of Human Rights in which he claimed that Muslim students at Catholic University were being discriminated against because of lack of adequate prayer space. According to Charles Krauthammer, by adequate prayer space Banzhaf meant areas without Crucifixes and other Catholic symbols.  Banzhaf ​admitted he brought the lawsuit without complaints from the school's Muslim students. 

In an interesting coda to this story, when The Hill reported this same story instead of using the team's full name, they printed "R*dskins."