The leaders of the Washington Redskins are holding fast on their vow to not change the team name, even if they lose out on land for a new stadium because of it. From ESPN:
Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen said the team will not reconsider changing its name — even if it’s a political barrier to a potential new stadium.
The Redskins have started the process of finding a new home, exploring potential sites in Maryland, where they now play; Washington, D.C., where they used to play; and Virginia, where they train. But Allen supplied a short answer when asked about changing the name stance to build a new home.
“No,” he said.
Despite protests from Native Americans and others, the Redskins have maintained they won’t change their longtime nickname. But Interior Secretary Sally Jewell opposes the team name, which could prove to be a hindrance if the Redskins want to return to Washington, D.C
Governors in Virginia and Maryland have said the Redskins name wouldn’t be a disqualifier for building a stadium there. The team’s lease in Maryland is up in 2026.
The National Park Service would come into play if the Redskins wanted to build at the RFK Stadium site in D.C.