“We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name,” FedEx said in a statement on Thursday night.
FedEx would not comment further on the matter or address the status of its sponsorship of the team, which is owned by Daniel Snyder, who has long resisted calls for a name change. Frederick W. Smith, the chairman and chief executive of FedEx, is also a minority owner of the Redskins.
The Redskins did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Thursday night.
On Nike’s retail website, the Washington Redskins were conspicuously absent from a drop-down menu for football jersey sales on Thursday. It was not clear if it was an intentional omission, and Nike did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Last week, the Redskins removed the name of the team’s original owner, George Preston Marshall, from the Ring of Fame inside FedEx Field. The franchise, which was the last to integrate its roster, also scrubbed Marshall’s name from its website.
The team said it would rename the lower bowl of the venue for Bobby Mitchell, the franchise’s first African-American star player.