Controversial sports team names

Published On: May 01 2013 12:36:50 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 15 2014 10:40:59 AM CDT

With the Washington Redskins filing an appeal Thursday seeking to overturn a decision stripping the franchise of its trademark protection, take a look at other sports team names and mascots that have drawn controversy over the years.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defended the name as the embodiment of "strength, courage, pride and respect" in a June 5, 2013, letter to 10 members of Congress who had earlier urged team owner Dan Snyder to change the name of the team. Snyder has repeatedly vowed to never change the name.

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