Redskins will not change name to secure potential D.C. stadium

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Redskins won't change team name for new stadium
Monday August 17th, 2015

Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen said the team will not consider changing its controversial name simply to secure a new stadium in D.C., reports ESPN's John Keim.

The National Park Service and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell have made it clear that if the team wishes to build a stadium on the site of its previous home, RFK Stadium in Washington, a change to the team's nickname would be required.

When asked if he would be open to clearing that hurdle by modifying his team's name, Allen replied simply, “No.”

RFK sits on land leased to the city by the National Park Service. Altering the lease would require an act of Congress, which could potentially be obtained without approval by the Park Service.

The Redskins are in the market for a new stadium, though their lease on the land at 18-year-old FedEx Field in Maryland runs out in 2026.

Virginia, Maryland and the District are all possible landing sites for the Redskins, and D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser and Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe are actively courting the team.

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