Washington Redskins: Hard Knocks

NFL grants funds for FedEx improvements

October, 8, 2013
10/08/13
4:25
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News from the NFL meetings that took place in Washington, according to multiple reports:

• The NFL will provide the Washington Redskins $27 million for renovations at FedEx Field. The owners approved the money at their fall meetings in Washington, according to a league source. Among the improvements slated: in-stadium Wi-Fi, an expanded Hall of Fame, LED ribbon boards and seating.

The Redskins will receive a waiver from their responsibility of sharing their premium seating revenue with other clubs, giving them the funds to pay for the improvements at their 15-year old stadium.

“We appreciate the NFL teams approving our continued plans to improve the fan experience at FedEx Field,” Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said in a statement.

• The NFL announced that a third game will be played in London in 2014, with Oakland, Atlanta and Jacksonville serving as hosts. That means the Redskins will not play overseas next year. They host the Jaguars and, if they end up playing Atlanta, it would be at home. The Redskins host the NFC South team that finishes in the same position in the division standings. Their only remaining unknown road opponent is the NFC North team that finishes in the same spot.

• Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has resisted being part of HBO’s "Hard Knocks." But it apparently will be tougher for that to remain the case in the future. Sort of. The NFL passed a resolution Tuesday that teams must appear on the show if asked. But there are exceptions: teams with new head coaches, teams that made the playoffs in either of the previous two years or teams that have been on the show within the past 10 years.

The Redskins would be exempt from appearing in 2014, unless they wanted to do so. But coach Mike Shanahan has made it clear several times in the past that he is not in favor of appearing on the show. This past spring he told Pro Football Talk Live that “I just didn't feel comfortable with being in that situation. You know, I can't be myself. I don't think coaches can be their self and I'd like players to concentrate on their job. I don't know if it's old-school or what. You know, for me, I just didn't feel comfortable with that atmosphere."

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