George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf has been very vocal in his opposition to the license renewal of Red Zebra's WWXX-AM (ESPN 980) in Washington, DC over the use of the word Redskins. The station is owned by Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Yesterday we reported that three Native Americans have also filed an objection to the license renewal. Red Zebra CEO Rick Carmean told Radio Ink on Tuesday he's not too worried about the challenge. "As we have previously stated, and numerous media outlets have agreed, this is a First Amendment issue plain and simple. The FCC has consistently recognized that licensees like Red Zebra have a First Amendment right to report the news, including sports news, using the words of their choice. We will file our full response to the original petition with the FCC in short order."
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