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U. of Minnesota asks Vikings not to use Redskins name for on-campus game

Sep 15, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Photo: Image by Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

U. of Minnesota asks Vikings not to use Redskins name for on-campus game

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Aug 7, 2014

For the first time, the host of an NFL game is asking for the nickname of the Washington franchise - the much-criticized name Redskins - to be barred from use during a game there in November.

The University of Minnesota is temporarily hosting Minnesota Vikings games on campus at TCF Bank Stadium, where the Gophers play home games. The school has asked the Vikings to stop using Redskins in "promotional and game date materials," and on game day in the stadium, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The publication says university president Eric Kaler sent a letter to Congresswoman Betty McCollum about the matter.  She previously wrote a letter to Vikings owner Zygi Wilf saying, “The time for debate has ended — the name of the Washington franchise is clearly an offensive racial slur. ... I urge you, as an NFL team owner, to not remain silent on this matter any longer.”

The Vikings have not yet decided how they will handle the University of Minnesota request.

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