University of Minnesota officials are working to keep the Washington football team’s name from being used in “promotional and game date materials” when the Minnesota Vikings play Washington at the U’s football stadium Nov. 2.
A report in the Washington Post, reprinted today by both Twin Cities daily newspapers, says the U of M’s effort was mentioned in a letter from University President Eric Kaler to Rep. Betty McCollum, who has openly opposed the name, calling it “derogatory, demeaning and offensive,” and a “slur akin to the N-word.”
McCollum has asked the NFL to changed the name, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told her in June that the name is here to stay.
Today’s story about efforts by the university to keep the name from being used at TCF stadium — where the Vikings are playing their home games for two years while a new publicly-subsidized $1 billion stadium is being built for the team — says it’s unclear if the Vikings are helping the U in the effort.
According to the story:
“Lester Bagley, the Vikings’ executive vice president of public affairs, said Wednesday night that the team is still deciding how it will handle the college’s request to eliminate the use of [the Washington team’s name] for the Nov. 2 game. He said Vikings and school officials met once on the issue, in late July at the university, but plan on further talks between now and November.”