ESPN’s ombudsman revealed that the network considered banning the use of “Redskins” but declined to do so because of the news that such a move would inevitably make.
In a column about the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot that ESPN host Dan Le Batard gave to Deadspin, ombudsman Robert Lipsyte wrote on Friday:
Not only do I think there is a conflict of interest in voting for the Hall of Fame but I think it puts writers in the position of making news as well as covering it. That is against ESPN policy (and recently was one of the in-house arguments against banning use of the nickname of the NFL Washington franchise).
Other outlets like Rep. Peter King (R-NY)’s MMQB at Sports Illustrated decided this year to not use “Redskins” in covering the “Washington football team.”