FCC Won't Revoke WWXX's License Over Use Of Word 'Redskins'
December 19, 2014 at 3:58 AM (PT)
The FCC has denied a WASHINGTON, D.C.-area law professor’s petition to strip RED ZEBRA BROADCASTING Sports WWXX/BUCKLAND, VA of its license because of repeated use of the word “REDSKINS” when talking about the football team.
TIME MAGAZINE reports, "GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY law professor JOHN BANZHAF believes the WASHINGTON REDSKINS name is offensive to Native Americans, and should be banned. On THURSDAY, however, the FCC denied his petition to reject a license renewal by BUCKLAND, VA.-based sports broadcaster, WWXX-FM on the grounds that they use obscene or profane language. The broadcasting licensee’s parent company is part owned by DANIEL SNYDER, who is also the team’s General Manager."
The FCC ruled the word REDSKINS isn’t obscene, citing a Supreme Court ruling defining obscene material as something sexual in nature.