Thursday night's game between two middling teams, the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings, might not offer sports fans much in the way of exciting athleticism. But it has given opponents of the Redskins' name an opening for their fight.
Back in Washington, the D.C. Council passed a resolution this week calling on owner Dan Snyder to change the name of the football team, calling it offensive and racist. Mayor Vincent Gray also came out in favor of a name change. Snyder has long said that the Redskins name is not offensive and that the team's history should be honored.
But now, politicians outside of the District are getting involved in the debate. The Redskins are in Minnesota on Thursday, a state that is home to many Native Americans. And what makes this game different is that it is being played in a public facility.
A protest, organized by members of the American Indian Movement Interpretive Center in Minneapolis, is challenging the panel that manages the stadium not to display or announce the name "Redskins." Officials at the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority earlier denied a request to limit the use of the Redskins' logo. But that's not stopping the protest or the outcry from lawmakers.