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Edmonton CFL franchise changes name to Elks

Nov 17, 2019; Hamilton, Ontario, CAN; Edmonton Eskimos wide receiver Greg Ellingson (82) runs a pass pattern against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the CFL Eastern Conference Final football game at Tim Hortons Field. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton’s Canadian Football League franchise was officially renamed the Elks on Tuesday.

The club dropped the longtime nickname Eskimos in July 2020 amid the same societal pressure to remove offensive or racist team names that saw the NFL’s Washington club rebrand itself as the Washington Football Team.

The team was temporarily known as the Edmonton Football Team until Tuesday’s announcement.

Elks was chosen from a shortlist of potential candidates that included Evergreens, Evergolds, Eclipse, Elkhounds, Eagles and Elements.

After the 2020 season was wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic, the CFL is tentatively scheduled to kick off a 14-game 2021 campaign on Aug. 5.

Founded in 1949, Edmonton has won 14 Grey Cup titles. Only the Toronto Argonauts have won more with 17.

–Field Level Media