While perusing an NFL.com article on stadium construction I ran across a table that listed NFL stadiums by their age and I was mildly surprised to see that that FedEx Field, which opened in 1997, is moving into the group of the older stadiums in the NFL.As of right now 13 stadiums, ranging from Lambeau Field in Green Bay (opened in 1957) to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte (1996) are older than FedEx Field. But that will change in a few years when the 49ers move out of Candlestick Park (1960) to their new digs in Santa Clara and the Vikings abandon the Metrodome (1982) for their new downtown stadium.And sometime in the next several years a team, perhaps the Chargers (Qualcomm Stadium 1967) or Bills (Ralph Wilson Stadium 1973), is likely to bolt for a sparkling new stadium in Los Angeles. There is a lot of buzz that Atlanta will replace the Georgia Dome (1992) well before the decade is out.If those moves are indeed made the place the Redskins have called home for just 15 seasons will fall into the group of the 10 oldest stadiums in the NFL.That brings up the question of if a new stadium is in the Redskins future. The answer is yes, but it is likely that a new home is more in the distant future than something that is right around the corner.Some have talked of a big stadium with a retractable roof, a facility that could attract big events like a college basketball Final Four, college conference championship games, and big-time concerts in addition to providing a home for the Redskins for 10 games per year. There has been talk that the team should move back to D. C. but there is no serious proposal for doing so on the table.But a new home for the Redskins may be a pipe dream. It will be a challenge to get any sort of modern stadium built at all. The price tags for the two newest NFL stadiums, MetLife in New Jersey and Jerry Jones palace in Dallas, were 1.6 billion and 1.15 billion, respectively. Cowboys Stadium has a roof while the stadium in the Meadowlands does not.In comparison, FedEx Field cost about 250 million to build. By the early 2000s, the cost of building an NFL stadium had gone up into the 300 million range. A decade later, there was the massive jump to the price tags we saw for the stadiums in Texas and New Jersey. The Santa Clara stadium is slated to run 1.2 billion and the Vikings building will cost something in that neighborhood.Given that rate of inflation in construction is not hard to see the cost of a new stadium approaching 2 billion towards the end of the decade, which is the earliest the Redskins could realistically expect to put a shovel into the ground for a new building. Coming up with that kind of money would be extremely challenging.The days of taxpayer-funded NFL stadiums are long gone. Team ownership is expected to provide at least half of the cost of a new stadium. With the Redskins among the most profitable teams in all of sports the expected owners contribution could go higher. It would be extremely difficult for Dan Snyder to economically justify stroking a check for a billion dollars or more for new digs, even if he could. It would take a very long time to make enough additional profit to cover that mount.Even if Snyder could kick in his share its hard to see any of the government entities making such a financial commitment. Virginia governor Bob McDonnells staff was grilled for the state giving the Redskins a grant of 4 million towards the renovation of Redskins Park. Unless the political distaste for being accused of subsidizing billionaires changes anytime soon it is hard to see anything approaching what the governments tab would be for a new Redskins stadium getting approval.FedEx Field has undergone various additions, improvements, and renovations since it opened. The latest, the installation of standing area where some of the less-desirable end zone seats used to be, is just being finished for the upcoming season. It is likely that the stadium will undergo several more rounds of repairs and upgrades before a new building is seriously considered.Chances are that FedEx Field will be much older than the 10th oldest stadium before it is replaced. If the current atmosphere persists, FedEx will be approaching its 30th birthday before a new stadium is in the offing.
The Redskins and Bengals are headed across the pond for a pivotal Week 8 game in London, England.
The Redskins (4-3), saw their four-game win streak snapped in Week 7 thanks to a heartbreaking 20-17 loss to the Lions. The Bengals (3-4) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 31-17 win over the Browns in Week 7.
With the game taking place in London, the start time is going to be different than your typical Sunday. Much different.
The NFL International Series Game between the Redskins and Bengals takes place at the world-famous Wembley Stadium, the host venue for the FA Cup and English National Soccer Team. The Week 8 game in London will be the Redskins's second regular season international game, having played the Buffalo Bills in Toronto on Oct. 30, 201l.
The Redskins have played overseas twice, both games coming in the preseason. They played at Wembley Stadium during the 1992 preseason and in Osaka Japan during the 2002 preseason.
When does time does the Redskins-Bengals game in London start? How can I watch the Redskins-Bengals game? CSN Mid-Atlantic has those questions (and more) covered.
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Week 8 Redskins vs. Bengals game information:
Who: Washington Redskins vs. Cincinnati Bengals
What: Week 8 of the 2016 NFL Season (NFL International Series Game)
Where: Wembley Stadium. London, England
When: 9:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, October 30
TV Channel: FOX
TV Announcers: Kenny Albert (Play-by-Play), John Lynch (Color), Pam Oliver (Sidelines)
How to Watch: Redskins Kickoff begins at 8:30 a.m. ET on CSN Mid-Atlantic (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: NFL GamePass
Radio: ESPN 980, Redskins Radio Network
Point Spread: Bengals -2.5
WASHINGTON REDSKINS 2016 SCHEDULE:
Week 1 (Mon. 9/12): 16-38 loss, Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1)
Week 2 (Sun. 9/18): 27-23 loss, Dallas Cowboys (0-2)
Week 3 (Sun. 9/25): 29-27 win, New York Giants (1-2)
Week 4 (Sun. 10/2): 31-20 win, Cleveland Browns, (2-2)
Week 5 (Sun. 10/9): 16-10 win, Baltimore Ravens, (3-2)
Week 6 (Sun. 10/16): 27-20 win, Philadelphia Eagles (4-2)
Week 7 (Sun. 10/23): 17-20 loss, Detroit Lions (4-3)
Week 8 (Sun. 10/30): vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 9:30 a.m. ET in London — FOX
Week 9 (Sun. 11/6): BYE WEEK
Week 10 (Sun. 11/13): vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m. — FOX
Week 11 (Sun. 11/20): vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:30 p.m. — NBC
Week 12 (Thurs. 11/24): at Dallas Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. — FOX
Week 13 (Sun. 12/4): at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. — FOX
Week 14 (Sun. 12/11): at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m. — FOX
Week 15 (Mon. 12/19): vs. Carolina Panthers, 8:30 p.m. — ESPN
Week 16 (Sat. 12/24): at Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m. — FOX
Week 17 (Sun. 1/1): vs. New York Giants, 1:00 p.m. — FOX
Kicker Josh Brown was released by the New York Giants on Tuesday afternoon, the team announced.
Brown, a 2015 Pro-Bowler, did not make the trip to London for the Giants' 17-10 win over the Rams in Week 7 after new information regarding his domestic abuse history was brought to light.
Brown had admitted in the past to abusing his then-wife Molly Brown.
After new information from the King County (WA) police department was made public, the Giants decided to leave him in the states, eventually putting him on the Commissioner's Exempt List.
Prior to the team's release of him on Tuesday afternoon, Brown issued a public statement in which he stated he had never struck his wife, via ESPN's Adam Schefter.
I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way. I have taken measures to get help so that I may be the voice of change, not a statistic. It is important to share that I never struck my wife, and never would. Abuse takes many forms, and is not a gray area. Through the past several years I have worked to identify and rectify my own behaviors. The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life. My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man. In the interim, I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down.
As Brown correctly points out, domestic violence is not limited to strikes. He had admitted in the past to putting his hands on his wife, an action that he repeated on more than one occasion.
The Giants and the NFL had come under great scrutiny for the way the situation was handled.
In advance of their trip to London, several Giants players offered their support to Brown, and team owner John Mara stated last Thursday that Brown had "certainly admitted" to domestic violence, but "what’s a little unclear is the extent of that.”
With the way the NFL handled Ray Rice's highly publicized domestic violence case, the league and commissioner Roger Goodell were the targets of stern and poignant criticism from fans, the media and former players alike.
Brown's NFL career has spanned 14 seasons, the more recent four with the Giants. He spent the first five years of his career with the Seattle Seahawks, before spending four seasons with the St. Louis Rams.