Learn English with the News – American Football Team to Retire Controversial Team Name

After nearly 100 years going by the name “Washington Redskins”, the DC-based American football team will be changing its name in favor or something not considered racist by the general public. Watch the video and then do the accompanying exercises.

The news is a consistent source of entertainment, knowledge and discovery that never ceases to exist and always comes out with more and more material each day. Because it plays such a vital part in our lives and is so important to keep up with, it is without a doubt a piece of your everyday routine that can’t go ignored. 

Whether it is to understand the ramifications of recent legislation passed, to hear about recent events and grasp the potential consequences to your country, or simply hear about what is happening in other countries in order to compare them to what’s happening in yours, the news is certainly a staple in our lives and the most consistent way to get information.

This is why Scrambled Eggs has decided to unite two of your biggest worlds: learning English and keeping up with what is happening in the world. We hope our challenging daily exercises, composed of listening, vocabulary and comprehension exercises in English, will satisfy both of those above worlds in a satisfactory and also entertaining way.

So enough about introductions, let’s get to today’s Learn English with the News topic:

Now that you’ve had a listen, let’s put your knowledge to the test with some of our vocabulary and comprehension exercises:

American football team controversial name | Definition Match

Put the following words to the correct definitions.

American football team controversial name | Fill in the Blank

Fill the empty spaces with the proper words.

American football team controversial name | True or False

Indicate which sentences are true and which ones are false.


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Full Text:

“The Washington Redskins American football team has said it will retire its name, long criticised as racist. In a statement, the team said it will “retire the Redskins name and logo after the completion of a review” demanded by its sponsors. Its major sponsors recently threatened to pull funding from the NFL team if it doesn’t consider renaming itself. The Washington DC-based team has faced years of pressure over a name seen as offensive to Native Americans. Team owner Dan Snyder was a boyhood fan of the team – which was named the Redskins in 1933 when it was still based in Boston – and had vowed to never change the moniker of the 87-year-old team. But amid protests over police brutality and racism, major sponsors FedEx, Nike, Pepsi and Bank of America all demanded Mr. Snyder consider finally changing the name. The announcement does not go into effect immediately, and a new one must be chosen before the 2020 season begins in September. The team’s official website maintains the current team name, as does the team’s official Twitter handle.”