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SBD/February 8, 2013/Franchises
Redskins To Increase Some Seat Prices By 40%; Mayor Won't Call Team By Name
Published February 8, 2013
THE NAME GAME: The POST's Steinberg noted it seems "notable" that DC Mayor Vincent Gray "is evidently refusing to speak the name" of the Redskins. Gray during his State of the District address Tuesday called the "Nats by name," but did "not name the Redskins." Gray recently said the name "has become a lightning rod." Steinberg noted there are "relatively few cities represented by pro sports teams whose mayors refuse to speak their names" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 2/6). In DC, Courtland Milloy writes, "We don’t mean to offend anybody by using it." Redskins fans "will understandably fight to keep" the name, as that is what DC residents do. Milloy: "The Native Americans I know who live around here don’t go around complaining about the name. Here’s how they put it: We are happy for you when your team wins; we wish we could be happy with you. But for the name, they could" (WASHINGTON POST, 2/8). Meanwhile, NBC Sports Network’s Michelle Beadle said, “Redskins and politics: I feel like once a year we do talk about this, and it’s up again." NBC Sports Network’s Dave Briggs: “I don’t think a bunch of columnists at the Washington Post should be debating this story” (“The Crossover,” NBC Sports Network, 2/7).