RICHMOND—Redskins president had a news conference just prior to the Redskins’ last practice here at the Bon Secours training center. He had a lot of long answers to a lot of questions but perhaps his shortest response was his most newsworthy.
The Redskins are in the early process of finding a site for a new stadium to replace FedEx Field. Allen confirmed that all three jurisdictions in the team’s market, the states of Maryland and Virginia and the District of Columbia, are possibilities as the home of the new facility.
However, Sally Jewell, the U. S. Secretary of the Interior, has said that the team will not be allowed to relocate to D. C. with its current, controversial name. That department would have to approve a move into Washington, which is partially under federal control.
Officials from Maryland have expressed some reservations about the name as well, although none have directly said that the team would be a barrier to a stadium deal. Although Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has said that he believes the team should be free to decide what it is going to call itself, there is the possibility that the political climate in the Commonwealth could change before a new stadium deal is finalized.
With that as a background, a reporter asked Allen if the team would consider a change to the name if it was an impediment to an otherwise favorable deal in one of the jurisdictions. Allen’s answer was direct and to the point.
Now this could be an opening negotiating position. Perhaps at some point the organization would consider it if it was an obstacle to an otherwise favorable stadium deal. But, for right now, any talk of a name change is off the table.