Rick Snider: Big questions for Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to answer

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Three questions for Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder:

What ever happened to your Super Bowl committee? Are new stadium sites being considered? How do you feel about recent calls for the team to change its name?

Snyder doesn't give interviews during the season and rarely over the offseason. Indeed he was unavailable for a recent interview request.

Snyder formed a Super Bowl committee in 2002 after terrorist attacks in New York and Washington the previous year led the NFL to say it would consider each city as a host to help them recover economically.

Eleven years later, New York gets the Super Bowl for the coming season. The 2015 game is in Arizona. The 2016-17 sites are expected to be announced during the owners meeting in May with Houston, Miami and San Francisco the frontrunners.

What ever happened to Washington's push, aside from lip service? New York was always going to get the game before Washington. If the NFL wants to gamble on a cold-weather open stadium site it's going to be New York -- period.

So pray for good weather next year in New York, or Washington's chances of hosting are subzero.

Then again, there's always a retractable roof stadium, which leads to my next question -- what's up with planning for the next venue? While the team's 2027 exit from FedEx Field seems far away, it's not that distant when you need to secure a site and gain political help.

Are Washington's Super Bowl chances tied to a new stadium? The NFL tends to reward cities with the game to offset taxpayers' stadium costs. The 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis brought $337 million in gross spending. Then again, Washington seemingly has no momentum for the baseball All-Star Game despite building Nationals Park in 2008 when Major League Baseball was rewarding other cities for new ballparks.

The Redskins are talking to D.C. officials about a new stadium. Have been for a few years. Talks are still exploratory, but they're keeping an open conversation to avoid delays and spot problems beforehand. It's a smart move. That's not to say the next stadium is in the city. Chances are it's not, but so much can change in the next five years to determine the city's bid.

Finally, the team's recent response to American Indian leaders' request to change the Redskins name was limited to some inane video and general manager Bruce Allen repeating the often-used line of not intending to offend anyone.

This is a hard one for Snyder. He inherited the name and cherishes the team's history. Any response other than changing the name seems insensitive, but it's worth a discussion. Maybe Snyder better understands the opposing stance afterwards and makes changes. Maybe not, but talking between sides is always a good thing.

Then again, Snyder doesn't often venture outside his comfort zone.

Examiner columnist Rick Snider has covered local sports since 1978. Read more on Twitter @Snide_Remarks or email rsnider@washingtonexaminer.com.

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