Edmonton CFL Franchise Adjustments Identify to Elks
Edmonton’s Canadian Football League franchise was officially renamed The Elks on Tuesday.
The club dropped its longtime nickname Eskimos in July 2020 under the same social pressure to remove offensive or racist team names that led the NFL’s Washington club to rename itself the Washington Football Team.
The team was temporarily known as the Edmonton Football Team until Tuesday’s announcement.
Elks was selected from a shortlist of potential candidates, including Evergreens, Evergolds, Eclipse, Elkhounds, Eagles and Elements.
After the 2020 season was wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic, the CFL is expected to launch a 14-game campaign on August 5, 2021.
Edmonton was founded in 1949 and has won 14 Gray Cup titles. Only the Toronto Argonauts won more at 17.