City attorney: Minneapolis can't ban name of DC football team

The U's field has been painted for the Vikings
The TCF Bank Stadium field at the University of Minnesota has been painted for the Vikings, where the team will play this season while their new stadium is under construction.
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The Minneapolis City Attorney's office says the city can't ban the name "Redskins" when Washington plays the Vikings at the University of Minnesota next month.

The city attorney concluded Minneapolis has no jurisdiction over speech on property owned by the university because the school is a state — not a municipal — entity.

The Vikings play Washington in an on-campus NFL game on Nov. 2. The Vikings are playing at TCF Bank Stadium for two seasons while the team's new stadium is being built.

Minneapolis City Council members Blong Yang and Cam Gordon say the team's name is a racial slur and should be changed immediately, but that the city lacks the authority for such a ban.

Washington owner Dan Snyder has vowed to never change the name, saying it honors Native Americans.

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