The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday ruled the name "Redskins" is not profane or obscene.
In a formal ruling, the commission rejected calls to yank the broadcast license of a radio station owned by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder for excessively using the team's name, which some find offensive.
George Washington University professor John Banzhaf filed a petition in September opposing the license renewal of the D.C. station, WWXX-FM.
WWXX is a broadcast radio station in Washington, DC that provids Sports News, Talk and Live coverage. ESPN 980 is the flagship radio station for live play-by play coverage of the Washington Redskins and neighboring teams.
The FCC can prohibit the use of profane or obscene language, but the team's name does not fit the definition of either category, according to the FCC's Media Bureau, which handled the case.