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the washington redskins name and logo could be one step closer to their final chapter the n. f. l. team dealt a blow wednesday in an emotionally charged battle over whether it's red skin name is a racial slur , a federal judge agreeing that trade marks protecting the name should remain cancelled upholding a ruling by the u. s. patent office last year , this deprives the team of the ability to block counterfeit redskin goods but it does not require it to change its name still the ruling keeps the pressure on franchise owner dan snyder , given , neither has said in the past , that they you know they refuse to change the name , they think it actually honors native americans that so i would expect that they would , %HESITATION but %HESITATION you know the the native americans %HESITATION who activists who brought the case , uh are obviously very delighted and they're already calling on dan snyder to change the name today the ruling is the latest turn in the debate over professional sports teams and the appropriateness of their longstanding names and logos particularly when it comes to native americans , the atlanta braves next to return of their so called screaming savage mascot in twenty thirteen , but a similar image of a smiling red faced native american is still used by the cleveland indians despite much public condemnation , well the redskins have lost federal trademark rights for now some state protections for the team's name still apply