FCC will consider petition to ban 'Redskins' - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

FCC will consider petition to ban 'Redskins'

Posted: Updated:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the agency will consider a petition to ban the Washington Redskins nickname from the public airwaves.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says Tuesday that the commission "will be dealing with that issue on the merits, and we'll be responding accordingly."

A law professor has challenged the use of the name on broadcast television, saying it violates FCC rules against indecent content. Native American and other groups have demanded the name be changed, calling it a racial slur.

Wheeler did not offer a timetable for a ruling on the matter. He has previously said he finds the name "offensive and derogatory," but that he hoped Redskins owner Dan Snyder would change it without any formal action.

Snyder has vowed never to change the name.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Body camera video is latest setback for Milwaukee police

    Body camera video is latest setback for Milwaukee police

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:33 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:33:15 GMT
    (Milwaukee Police Department via AP). This Jan. 26, 2018 police body-camera footage released by Milwaukee Police Department shows NBA Bucks guard Sterling Brown as he talks to arresting police officers after being shot by a stun gun in a Walgreens park...(Milwaukee Police Department via AP). This Jan. 26, 2018 police body-camera footage released by Milwaukee Police Department shows NBA Bucks guard Sterling Brown as he talks to arresting police officers after being shot by a stun gun in a Walgreens park...
    Community groups in Milwaukee are criticizing police over newly released body-camera footage of Bucks player Sterling Brown's January arrest. 
    Community groups in Milwaukee are criticizing police over newly released body-camera footage of Bucks player Sterling Brown's January arrest. 
  • MLB panel says baseballs getting extra lift, cause unknown

    MLB panel says baseballs getting extra lift, cause unknown

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:23 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:23:48 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File). FILE - In this May 2, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols, right, hits a solo home run in front of Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph, left, and home plate umpire Roberto Ortiz during the first inni...(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File). FILE - In this May 2, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols, right, hits a solo home run in front of Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph, left, and home plate umpire Roberto Ortiz during the first inni...
    Baseballs really are getting extra lift, and it's not from batters' exaggerated upper cuts, according to a committee of researchers hired by the commissioner's office. 
    Baseballs really are getting extra lift, and it's not from batters' exaggerated upper cuts, according to a committee of researchers hired by the commissioner's office. 
  • NFL teams under no time pressure to form own anthem policies

    NFL teams under no time pressure to form own anthem policies

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:23 PM EDT2018-05-25 01:23:29 GMT
    (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File). FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles...(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File). FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles...
    With its popularity threatened and critics stretching all the way to the White House, the NFL tries to get past the debate over taking a knee during the national anthem but seems to muddle the issue even more. 
    With its popularity threatened and critics stretching all the way to the White House, the NFL tries to get past the debate over taking a knee during the national anthem but seems to muddle the issue even more. 
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.