Snider: RFK site 'dead' to Redskins as new stadium site

Chris Lingebach
February 12, 2020 - 11:04 am

The RFK site is "dead" as potential building site for a new Redskins stadium, says 106.7 The Fan columnist Rick Snider.

Snyder's been covering Redskins owner Dan Snyder's continued efforts toward securing a site in either Maryland, D.C. or Virginia and says that, despite public posturing from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser suggesting otherwise, the District can't secure a lease for the land on federal land. And the city has made a concerted effort to coax Congress into selling. 

"Let's start off with RFK," Snider said Wednesday morning. "I am now officially declaring it dead, dead, dead, dead, dead, dead, dead."

"I don't care what the mayor says," he continued. "That was a cheap political stunt there. They're not coming back. I've spent a lot of time on this in the past week – I have a story coming out in SportBusiness.com about it – and there's just nothing there in RFK. They can't get the lease."

"There's a lot of reasons for that," Snider said. "It turns out, some of it is about a political thing going on out west about a land sale, and they don't want to make RFK a precedent by selling it to the city. Stuff we don't even know about. But it's just not happening."

When Snyder met with Maryland legislators three weeks ago, The Washington Post reports he urged them to allow gambling at a future stadium site in the state. At the same time, Snyder's also lobbying Virginia lawmakers for the same thing. So far, he's had far more success in the commonwealth. Different versions of sports gambling bills passed through both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly this week.

"So Plan B really looks like the Landover site, which I know everybody's now screaming into the wind," Snider continued. "But Snyder's going for that sports license. When he's talking about that, Virginia's like, 'What? We've got to do that too.' And their bill is not necessarily for just the Redskins, it's for any pro team wanting to come to the state, but they decided to wake up and do something at least."

"I still think Maryland," he said. "Maryland doesn't have a bill out yet. I think it's going to go to referendum in November, just like the casinos did."

"What I understand, the legislators were telling Snyder – among other things – they don't want PSLs at this stadium if he gets the sports gambling license," Snider explained. "They don't want to even see increased parking prices. We'll see about that. But he has the acres out there. I don't know how you put it on the land plot. But he wants to create a bigger thing and there is some room for that. Out in Loudoun? I'm not sure.

"I still think it looks pretty much like the FedEx Field spot."

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