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Redskins' Ban Of All Signs Not A League-Wide NFL Policy
Published October 29, 2009
Signs At FedExField
PROJECT CENSOR: In DC, Dan Daly writes it "doesn't matter what silly spin the organization wants to put on this." In the end, it "still comes across as censorship, the stifling of dissent, when some of the signs taken away voice displeasure" with Snyder and Redskins Exec VP/Football Operations Vinny Cerrato. Daly: "It's one thing if the sign uses foul language or blocks the view of an entire section; it's another when it merely exercises the fan's First Amendment rights" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/29). ESPN's Michael Wilbon said, "People in Washington are angrier over this ... than they are over the team's losing ways of recent years. If anybody tries to spin this and say it's anything other than (censorship), they're liars" ("PTI," ESPN, 10/28). CSN's Ivan Carter: "Do they not get that this makes it even look worse?" ("Washington Post Live," CSN Mid-Atlantic, 10/28). FanHouse.com's Kevin Blackistone: "People are just ticked off to a height that I've never seen before. They want to express it. They should be given the right to express it." L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke: "I can't believe that Federal Express, which pays $7.6(M) a year to sponsor that stadium, wants their name associated with this kind of censorship" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 10/28).
Writers Criticizing Redskins' Team
Management, Front Office, Snyder
CUT OWNERS SOME SLACK? SI.com's Ross Tucker, who played in the NFL from '01-07, wrote "flawed owner involvement is one of the worst-kept secrets in sports." It is "easy for fans to point to the relative lack of success of teams like the Cowboys and Redskins of late and blame the owners for being overly involved." But Tucker wondered, "If you were the owner of an NFL team, would you take a backseat and decline to have significant input on all the football decisions? I didn't think so. You see, making the decisions is why businessmen like [Jerry] Jones and Snyder get involved in pro sports" (SI.com, 10/28).