When the powers-that-be in Washington submit a bid for the 2024 Olympics, they’ll have help from the Redskins. It’s unclear for now whether they want it.
“We look forward to assisting the Washington Olympic Committee in presenting the nation’s capital and fabulous surrounding region to the Olympic sporting world,” owner Daniel Snyder said in a statement issued by the team. “We are fortunate to have most of the venues needed in an internationally recognized city that is accustomed to staging high-profile events.”
The obvious potential benefit for Snyder is the likely construction at little or no cost to him of a swanky new Olympic stadium that could then be used for NFL games. The obvious potential detriment to the bidding process is the ongoing presence of the team’s name.
At a time when there is plenty of consternation regarding the 2014 Winter Olympics host country’s chilly-at-best attitude toward sexual orientation, it could be a challenge to lure an event that entails the full spectrum of human flesh tones to a place where the local football team’s nickname centers on skin color in a way that, as Packers CEO Mark Murphy has admitted, many consider to be “very derogatory.”
And so the question becomes whether Snyder would change the name if the benefit is a new stadium that he won’t have to pay much if anything to build — if the name of the team becomes a factor for the International Olympic Committee.