The NFL is moving on from its longtime nickname for a new stadium, a move that could affect the league’s long-standing commitment to naming all of its stadiums.NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said in the past that he’s open to naming the league-owned, privately financed stadium in Charlotte as the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Bobcats have been in operation for nearly 100 years.
Goodell said on Sunday that he was open to changing the name, but did not specify which of the city’s 16 existing sports teams would get the nod.
The NFL has been trying to avoid the controversy of the Cleveland Browns being named the Cleveland Indians.
But the Bobcats name, with its long history of racial stereotypes, could be a stumbling block in getting the team on board.
The Cleveland Browns name is now synonymous with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The league is expected to name the stadium, which would be built near downtown Charlotte, in 2020.
Goodell has already indicated he wants to get a new team named.
The NBA announced this month that it would name a new NBA franchise in Charlotte, which is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) away from where the Bobcat Stadium is.