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Pressure continues to build on the Washington Redskins to change their team name. The National Congress of American Indians and the Oneida Indian Nation sent letters to more than 2,700 hundred NFL players yesterday, asking them to speak out against the name.

NFL and team officials say they do not believe the name is disparaging, but the letter says it "does not honor people of color, instead it seeks to conceal a horrible segment of American history and the countless atrocities suffered by Native Americans."

Here & Now sports analyst Mike Pesca discusses the controversy with host Jeremy Hobson.

Pesca also discusses a summit being hosted by President Obama today to put a spotlight on concussions. The White House says nearly 250,000 kids and young adults visit emergency rooms every year with brain injuries caused by sports.


This segment aired on May 29, 2014.