Anti-racism group threatens to sue U. of Minnesota over 'Redskins' name

Friday August 29th, 2014

The University of Minnesota is facing a potential lawsuit over its hosting of the NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and Washington Redskins at TCF Bank Stadium.

The National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media announced Thursday that it may sue the university if it doesn't bar the "Redskins" name and associated face paint and jerseys from the stadium when the teams play there Nov. 2, according to KMSP-TV.

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The school is hosting all Vikings home games at its on-campus stadium until construction of the Vikings' new stadium is completed in 2016.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Minnesota is attempting to have Washington's nickname banned from the stadium on the day of the Vikings-Redskins game, but NFL rules require teams to participate in marketing of opposing teams.

According to KMSP, multiple protests against Washington's nickname occurred outside the Metrodome when the Vikings hosted the Redskins there last November. A number of people also protested the name during Super Bowl festivities in 1992, when Washington won Super Bowl XXVI in Minneapolis. 

The Vikings have not said if they will attempt to take any action regarding the Nov. 2 game.

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