National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell has been given an opportunity to end a more than two-decade fight over the Washington Redskins’ team name without having to address whether it is racist.
The Washington Redskins lost a trademark decision after a federal agency ruled the team’s name disparaged Native Americans, threatening millions of dollars in sales of everything from football jerseys to beer coolers.
Michael Sam’s jersey is the No. 2 seller among National Football League rookies, which may persuade companies to sign endorsement accords with the first openly gay player to be picked in the league’s draft.
Dish Network Corp.’s head of product management said the satellite-TV company would be interested in bidding on the rights to broadcast the National Football League’s Sunday games if rival DirecTV fails to renew its deal.