A. Barton Hinkle on the Latest Lame Defense of the Washington Redskins


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According to several members of the Virginia General Assembly, the Washington Redskins is a private business whose internal affairs—including the choice of whether to keep or drop its controversial team name—should not be micromanaged by federal officials. Yet as A. Barton Hinkle observes, the Redskins do not exactly resemble a free-market operation. The team raked in $6 million two years ago from Virginia taxpayers, for example, and also benefits from the many other public advantages conferred by government on the NFL.