“There's no trademark anymore for the Redskins,” Reid said in a Senate floor speech. “Daniel Snyder may be the last person in the world to realize this, but it's just a matter of time before he is forced to do the right thing and change then name.”
Snyder has so far refused to change the name, which remains popular with team fans.
But Reid had a message for Snyder on Tuesday: “The writing is on the wall in giant blinking lights.”
Reid made the comments shortly after the Patent Office announced it had cancelled the name registration, calling it “disparaging to Native Americans.”
The office made the decision in response to a complaint by five Native Americans.
In May, 50 U.S. senators sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, asking him to “endorse” a Redskins name change.