The Redskins efforts toward securing a new stadium took a hit Tuesday night when Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said that he would stop working towards that goal.
There were discussions of a land swap between Maryland officials and the federal government that would free up a parcel of land adjacent to the MGM National Harbor casino, and Hogan was working on potentially putting a new Redskins stadium there.
But according to The Washington Post, Hogan has pulled out of that plan. From the Post:
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has informed the Washington Redskins that he is withdrawing from efforts to persuade the team to build its next stadium in Oxon Cove Park, adjacent to MGM National Harbor, “at this time,” his spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday night.
Given their choice, the Redskins would elect to return to RFK Stadium in a new or rebuilt football palace. That had some momentum from the D.C. Mayor last fall, but political changes in and around the federal government could stall any movement. RFK sits on federal land, so first the city government must wrangle control of the land, which could face a number of roadblocks, and then deal with the D.C. government.
Previous Virginia Gov. Terry McAullife was an ardent booster of a new Redskins stadium south of the Potomac, but new Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has been much cooler about building the team a new facility.
The Redskins lease at FedEx Field runs through 2027, and while that's still a eight years away, stadiums take a long time to get built. Hogan's decision also likely means the 'Skins lose significant leverage when talking with Virginia and D.C. officials.
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