CBS won't likely dictate to announcers on Redskins nickname

By Eye on Football staff |

The U.S. Attorney General is the latest to condemn the Redskins name. (USATSI)
CBS won't dictate to announcers on the Redskins nickname in 2014. (USATSI)

CBS Sports Chairman and NFL on CBS EP Sean McManus, was asked by The Hollywood Reporter in an interview for their annual sports issue how CBS Sports analysts will "address [the Redskins nickname] controversy this fall."

"We haven't talked to them yet. Generally speaking, we do not tell our announcers what to say or not say," McManus said. "Up to this point, it has not been a big issue for us. Last year, it was simmering; now it's reaching a hotter level. But we probably will not end up dictating to our announcers whether they say Redskins or don't say Redskins. We leave that up to them and our production team.

"There are times when something becomes important enough that we talk to them, and between now and the start of football season we'll decide what is the right thing to do."

Speaking at a panel in Los Angeles for Thursday Night Football, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pointed out the league doesn't "dictate" what partners say.

“We don't dictate to our partners what they say,” Goodell said. “We don't give them that kind of direction."

McManus also reiterated his comments to THR while on the panel with Goodell.

CBS will broadcast five Redskins game this season, which is more than usual due to the new Thursday Night Football package.

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