This is such an Obama administration thing to do. Which is to say, it’s petty, pointless, and precedent-setting. That last part isn’t a good thing, from the Democrats’ point of view: as somebody in the comments section here noted, the Washginton Redskins will probably just decide to wait a couple of years. Anyway, here’s the key grafs from The Hill:
The National Park Service (NPS) owns the land under the 54-year-old Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, a venue two miles east of the Capitol that hosted the Redskins from 1961 to 1996. Some city leaders want to demolish the current stadium and build a new one to lure the football team back from suburban Maryland.
But Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, whose department includes the NPS, told D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser in April that, unless the Redskins change their name, the Obama administration would not work to accommodate construction of a new venue, according to The Washington Post
So, if you have problems with any facet of the stadium’s aging infrastructure between now and when the new one comes up, Redskins fans, remember: it’s all because Barack Obama likes to engage in sneak behavior. He’d lose an open fight over this issue, and he knows it – so he’ll instead try to use the government as a club to get his way, pretty much exactly like an entitled man-child with no useful skill set. This is the way it goes.
PS: Personally, I don’t particularly think that the Redskins need a new stadium anyway. Of course, I’m a Giants fan who hasn’t watched a game in forever, so what do I know?