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Monday, January 22, 2018

Hail to the Redskins paying for their own stadium

The Washington Redskins want a new stadium somewhere in the Beltway region, and the team has three suitors who'd love to have it, Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and Virginia. If you've been following the business of sports, you're probably thinking, "Ah, another bidding war, where governments offer embarrassingly large subsidies to billionaire owners."

Not this time, it seems. In a move unprecedented in recent sports history, all the local heads of government have agreed to eschew subsidies to the Skins. It's a cartel against corporate welfare and a promise to compete for the team on other terms.

A bill was introduced in Maryland's legislature this month to codify this pact, while Virginia's legislature and D.C.'s city council also have bills before them to nail down this abstinence pledge of sorts. We applaud Democratic Maryland State Del. David Moon, Virginia Republican Del. Michael Webert, and Independent D.C. City Council Member David Grosso for sponsoring these measures, which we hope will become law soon.

This is surprisingly a welcome news, and it may have resulted from the perfect storm that hovers over the NFL and the Redskins franchise.



Anonymous said...

It's about time!
The rhetoric of how we all benefit when we build stadiums with taxpayer money has been proven over and over again to be a lie. Professional sports teams are in it for $$$. That's all, just
the $$$. Let them pay their own way and reach out to fans to
buy tickets and merchandise, not their stadiums.

Anonymous said...

If the Redskin's didn't stink as an organization, this never would have happened. But suck on the field, off the field, and sell your fans expired beer and bankrupt airline peanuts? Yeah.

Anonymous said...

Lil Danny doesn't have enough capital to build his trophy stadium like his mentor Jerry! What a horses' @ss and neither DC, MD or VA should pay one penny for a new stadium!

Kudo's for the states and DC!

Anonymous said...

The stadium is only 20 years old and they are already talking of building another one. What a waste of money and use of land. This stuff has got to stop.

Anonymous said...

I heard they're gonna build a prison complex where fedex field is