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.