A Washington-area law professor has petitioned the FCC to have the Redskins name basically banned from being used on air.
Legal activist John Banzhaf wants the FCC to strip a Washington-area sports radio station of its license for using the name Redskins when referring to Washington’s football team, that is actually called the Redskins and has been for decades.
Banzhaf says the word Redskins is racist, derogatory, profane and hateful, making its use “akin to broadcasting obscenity.”
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the Commission will be looking at the petition and dealing with that issue.
“My opinion is he’s absolutely wrong,” said Harrisburg attorney Corky Goldstein, who says prior FCC rulings say there has to be sexual content in the name to have it be obscene. Redskins does not.
Goldstein says the only other chance Banzhaf might have is to prove it’s profane.
“They’ll have a very difficult time showing that, because if you read the rules and the past rulings that they’ve made, it doesn’t fit into that,” Goldstein said.
Goldstein says if the change is going to happen, it’s going to happen through public pressure.
“I think they should change the name, but it’s not going to done by the law. The law will not be involved. It will be from the court of public opinion,” he said.