And is prepared to spend your money to get them.4:07 PM, May 21, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
They are a lousy team with perhaps the worst owner in all of professional sports, but the Imperial City wants the Redskins nonetheless. As Alex Gold and Ted Gayer of the Brookings Institute write:
Recently, DC mayor Muriel Bowser announced that she has reached out to Dan Snyder, owner of the DC-area NFL team, about returning the team to the Nation’s Capital from its current location in suburban Maryland.
Fine, you think, if they want Snyder and his inept squad, no skin (red or otherwise) off my nose.
But, not so fast. Seems that the governors of Maryland and Virginia are also interested. Thus:
… a bidding war [is] likely, with each location promising a newer and fancier replacement stadium for the team’s current home.
And, in the way of these things:
Wherever the Washington team winds up, there’s little doubt that taxpayers – both locally and across the nation – will be on the hook for much of the stadium’s bill.
It can all be blamed, like so much else, on the lousy, jury rigged tax system:
Even if one buys the argument that local taxpayers win from subsidizing a team to locate in their area, there’s no reason that federal taxpayers should be part of this bidding war. Residents of, say, Wyoming, Maine, or Alaska, gain nothing whether the DC-area football team is lured to Washington or Virginia or Maryland. Yet, under current federal tax law, taxpayers throughout the country will wind up subsidizing the stadium, wherever it’s located. The future home of the DC-area’s NFL team will most likely be financed, at least in part, by the issuance of municipal bonds. Holders of municipal bonds pay no federal tax on the interest income, in effect providing a federal subsidy for the financing of a stadium for Snyder’s team.
12:25 PM, Dec 29, 2014 • By GARY SCHMITT
Growing up in Dallas, there is nothing better than living in Washington, D.C., on “Misery Monday”—the Monday after the Dallas Cowboys have whipped the Washington Redskins. And believe me, yesterday was a whipping with the Cowboys defeating the Redskins 44-17.
12:28 PM, Dec 9, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Can be seen in plain focus through the prism of the Washington Redskins and their miscalculations (some would say “delusions”) about quarterback Robert Griffin III. That, anyway, is the way Gabriel Baumgaertner writes it at Sports Illustrated:
11:04 AM, Oct 28, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
If you were a member of the Church of Political Correctness and watching ESPN’s Monday Night Football last night (say someone had tied you to a chair and forced it upon you) … well for whom would you have been rooting?
11:01 AM, Jun 18, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The white-hot issue of what to call the professional football team currently playing its home games in the vicinity of the nation’s capital just got hotter. Earlier this week, Senator Harry Reid said he wouldn’t accept comp tickets (truly a first for a sitting senator) to the team’s games so long as it continued to be called the “Redskins.”
1:43 PM, May 22, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Fifty members of the United States Senate haved signed a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell urging the league to "endorse a name change for the Washington, D.C. football team," known to the rest of us as the Washington Redskins. The name, the undersigned argue, is a "slur against Native Americans", and the NFL "can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name."
11:02 AM, Dec 11, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The team plays badly. The coach coaches badly. The owner owners badly. The fight song is revolting and the name is an offense against the laws of political correctness. But other than that …
10:15 AM, Dec 9, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
These days, the only thing in Washington performing less ably and delivering more disappointment than Obamacare would be the Washington Re****ns, a facsimile of a football team that is long on controversy, short on competence, and overflowing in controversy.
3:31 PM, Nov 4, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
Stepping into the controversy over the team name for the Washington Redskins in early October, President Obama said in an interview with the AP:
10:45 AM, Jan 1, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
“The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That's real glory. That’s the essence of it.”—Vince Lombardi
Late Sunday night, the Washington Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys (that would be “America’s Team”) 28-18. The victory got them into the playoffs and made possible an appearance in the Super Bowl. The Redskins’ last Super Bowl appearance came a few days after President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration.
10:24 AM, Dec 31, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
I'm as thrilled as every other red-blooded Washington-area resident by the Redskins' victory yesterday. Yes, I did "predict" a Cowboys victory on Fox News Sunday. But that was, as I said on the show, a prediction contrary to my hopes, and of course was really made in order to avert the evil eye (or, as I put it on the panel in a way more suitable for public consumption, because I err on the side of pessimism). So, Go 'Skins! And no more predictions.
10:01 AM, Dec 7, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The guy was a political science major, he knows about politics, he’s clever, he’s smart, he’s funny. It’s what people talk about at dinner parties, it’s what people talk about in the office, and it has united Washington in a way that I have never seen before.
1:28 PM, Sep 15, 2011 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
We may be witnessing a perfect Washington moment. For most of the workweek, attention has been focused on the collapse of a solar energy company that had received economically dubious–and politically motivated–subsidies of some $500 million. On Sunday, the city’s football franchise, the Redskins, will play a game the organization is calling the “Solar Bowl.”
Stop with the "New York" Giants, "New York" Jets, and "Washington" Redskins.3:01 PM, Aug 20, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
The AP and New York Times have decided to avoid using the term the "Ground Zero mosque." Why? Well, because the proposed 'Islamic cultural center' is not just a mosque (though it would contain a mosque) and because it's not right at Ground Zero (but a whole two blocks from Ground Zero).
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