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Redskins name debate: Loudoun County says no change

5:35 PM, Nov 8, 2013   |    comments
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LOUDOUN CO., Va. (WUSA9) -- Loudoun County has jumped into the Redskins name-change debate.

The county board of supervisors wants the Redskins to keep its name, while the D.C. Council is pushing for a change.   

"I think the team is appreciative having its headquarters here, keeping their name the Washington Redskins," Loudoun Co. Board Chairman Scott York said on Wednesday.

In Wednesday's meeting, the Loudoun County board of Supervisors unanimously voted to keep the Redskins name the same.

It comes a day after the D.C. City Council voted just the opposite. 

The D.C. City Council says the name is offensive to Native Americans. They say the team would have to change its name if they want to play in Washington again.

There have been talks of building a multi-use stadium to replace the outdated RFK stadium.

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors says the team is headquartered in their county, and plays in Maryland. They say D.C. is not doing themselves any favors by calling for a name change if they want to lure the Washington Redskins back to the district.

Loudoun County Boardmember Suzanne Volpe said "we need to take care of our businesses in our county."

The votes on either side of the debate are essentially a symbolic move. It is up to the team's owner, Dan Snyder to make a change and he vehemently opposes that decision.

"I think people just gotta get over themselves. A lot of us can get offended about this or about that," said York.

Besides the team's 3-6 record, Loudoun County and Dan Snyder see a name change as a losing battle.



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