‘Redskins’ Name Hindering NFL Team’s New Stadium
The Washington Redskins football team, which has been fighting controversy for years over its nickname, now may be blocked by the Obama administration from building a new stadium in Washington, D.C., unless the team changes its name.
The Redskins have proposed constructing a new NFL stadium on land near their former home at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, where the soccer team D.C. United now plays. The Redskins currently play their home games at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
However, the National Park Service, which is overseen by the Department of the Interior, owns the land near RFK stadium, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has said the department will not accommodate construction of a new stadium unless the Redskins change their name.
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