Washington’s NFL team on Monday dropped its name of 87 years, the Redskins, bowing to pressure to change a team name widely seen as a racial slur amid the sweeping reckoning over race in 2020.

The decision was expected after the franchise announced on July 3 that it was conducting a “thorough review” of the name, a process that was catalyzed by new levels of criticism in a country charged by protests against systemic racism. Politicians, activists and even the team’s own sponsors, such as FedEx Corp., called on the team to…

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