CBS won’t dictate use of Redskins name on the air
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — CBS won’t dictate to its announcers whether or not to use the nickname of Washington’s NFL franchise during televised games this season.
CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said Thursday he hasn’t told on-air talent such as Jim Nantz and Phil Simms what to say regarding the controversy surround the Redskins’ name.
The network is set to air five Redskins games this season. Team owner Dan Snyder has vowed not to change the name, but is facing unprecedented opposition from those who consider it a racial slur.
McManus told the summer TV critics’ meeting that CBS doesn’t tell its announcers what to say about any topic, including team names.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league doesn’t dictate to its broadcast partners how to cover games.
CBS is launching Thursday night coverage of NFL games this fall.