WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Enough with the offensive name "Redskins," says a full half of the United States Senate.

Forty-seven Democrats including Ohio's Sherrod Brown and two independents sent a letter Thursday to Roger Goodell, commissioner of the National Football League, urging the league to endorse a name change for the football team in Washington, D.C. One more Democrat, Bill Nelson of Florida, sent his own, separate letter.

"Today, we urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports," the senators wrote.

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