MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota stadium operators won't create a new policy barring the use of the Washington Redskins name and logo during a game in the Metrodome next month.
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority on Friday denied a request from the American Indian Movement, American Civil Liberties Union and others to block the team's name from being used on materials and the public address system. The groups have argued the logo is offensive and racist.
Larry Leventhal, an attorney for AIM, told the authority that it has a duty to stand up against what he described as a derogatory, degrading name.
"It has no place in a public building," he said. The groups haven't ruled out legal action.
But Jay Lindgren, the authority's lawyer, said the board operates within a limited scope and this issue falls outside of it.
"You would be engaging, I think, in an unconstitutional prior restraint in the use of free speech," Lindgren said of a name ban.
Lester Bagley, a Minnesota Vikings vice president, said the team remains in conversation with tribal representatives and the NFL.
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