The Washington Redskins will not drop their "Redskins" name for a new stadium they plan to build.
The Washington Redskins are not going to compromise their name for a brand new stadium.
Redskins president Bruce Allen said he will not change the team's name. The name will stand even if it becomes an impediment to building a new stadium. ESPN's John Keim reported on the development on Aug. 17.
When Keim asked Allen if there's a chance for a name change, he came up with a short answer.
"No," he said.
The Redskins are already looking at potential sites for their new home. These sites include Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia.
Many have opposed the Redskins' stance.
One of them is the organization ChangeTheMascot.org. It issued a statement on Monday:
"The team and its leaders are so obsessed with clinging to a dictionary-defined racial slur that they are willing to abandon their hometown and local fans in order to continue degrading Native Americans.
"Now that Bruce Allen has been relieved of his day-to-day responsibilities as General Manager he must have a lot of free time on his hands to double down on this racist monicker and try to figure out what to do about Native Americans returning donations from the team.
"Unfortunately, Bruce Allen, team owner Dan Snyder and the Washington team fail to understand that you cannot buy acceptance of continued racism.
"The NFL, Commissioner Roger Goodell, and the other owners should immediately step forward now that the Washington team is publicly declaring its willingness to abandon Washington in order to retain its racial slur mascot."
Keim says Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is also opposed to the "Redskins" nickname. This could get in the way of a new stadium in the Washington, D.C. area.
Jewell considers the name "a relic of the past," per ESPN.
The limited land area in Washington, D.C. presents a challenge to the Redskins. They can opt to build their new home on the existing site of RFK Stadium, per Keim.
The Redskins also need to renew the lease on the area if they want to build a new stadium there. Washington, D.C.'s lease with The National Park Service doesn't expire in another 22 years. A stadium lease would take longer than that, per Keim.
Allen said building a team's stadium is not an overnight process. He discussed this with Redskins.com's Stephen Czarda on Aug. 17:
"Building a stadium is different than building a house. The (San Francisco) 49ers just moved into their stadium and that was a 15-year process that they were in. The San Diego Chargers have been in a 15-year process themselves with nothing on the horizon yet.
"We wanted to get ahead of it and start doing the preliminary work. It's not going to be a new stadium in the next 48 months, so you don't have to worry about that.
"We've had a lot of interaction with our fans this year and this offseason. We've listened to them on a number of different issues. We're going to find the right location and build the stadium for the fans.
"We'll take input from all of them on it; but right now, no, there is not a leading candidate (location-wise)."
Governors from Maryland and Virginia said the Redskins' name will not be a hindrance. Keim confirmed the information.
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