Lawmaker Looking to Make NFL Pay for Redskins Name

Image: Washington Redskins Name Change Initiative Announced On Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 16: U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) (3rd L) speaks as Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) (L), and National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Brian Cladoosby (5th L) listen during a news conference September 16, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The group Change the Mascot held a news conference to announce new initiatives for the 2014-2015 NFL season to change the name of the Washington football team the Redskins. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)Alex Wong / Getty Images

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Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is proposing to eliminate the NFL’s tax-exempt status because the league has not mandated the Washington Redskins to change their name.

Cantwell announced the forthcoming legislation during a press conference Tuesday with the “Change the Mascot” group, which says the Redskins name is an insult to Native Americans.

The coalition, which includes more than 100 Native American and social justice groups, also announced it was sending a letter to all NFL owners calling on them to tell the league to “put an end to the league’s promotion of a dictionary-defined racial slur as the Washington franchise’s name.”



-- Andrew Rafferty