Levin: Senators Wanting to Change Redskins' Name Should 'Pony Up a Billion and a Half Dollars and Buy the Team'

Eric Scheiner
By Eric Scheiner | May 23, 2014 | 8:25 AM EDT

On Thursday, radio host Mark Levin reacted to a letter written by Senate Democrats in an attempt to pressure the National Football League to force the Washington Redskins to change their name.

Levin suggests that if the senators want to name a football team, they should buy one:

"The United States Senate, which will not take its foot off the throat of the economy - millions and millions of people who are looking for jobs - the United States Senate, which is useless, if you ask me. Well, fifty of them got together, all Democrats, and, they wrote a letter. Did you know they could write? And they've now sent it off, I guess to the league, demanding that the Washington Redskins change the team name.

"I have an idea: If those 50 Democrat senators want to get rid of the name "Redskins," then why don’t they pony up about a billion and a half dollars and buy the team and change it?"


Levin was reacting to Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), who took to the Senate floor yesterday to push for more senators add their signatures to a letter supported by 50 Senate Democrats. The letter urges NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to change the name of the Washington Redskins.

“Today, we urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports,” wrote the senators. “It’s time for the NFL to endorse a name change for the Washington, D.C. football team.”

Eric Scheiner
Eric Scheiner
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