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Redskins’ stadium bid could be blocked over team name


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A bid for a new NFL stadium in Washington could be blocked unless the franchise is willing to change the team name from Redskins.

The Washington Post reported that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told the Washington, D.C. mayor that the National Park Service, which owns the land beneath RFK Stadium, was unlikely to allow construction of a new stadium unless the team changed its name.

President Barack Obama has objected to the team name and questioned claims that the longtime use of Redskins is not offensive.

“I’ve got to say that if I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team – even if it had a storied history – that was offending a sizeable group of people, I’d think about changing it,” Obama said last year.

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