Virginia General Assembly abandons Commanders stadium bill

The Virginia General Assembly is abandoning for the year legislation intended to lure the NFL's Washington Commanders to the state, a top lawmaker said Thursday.

The legislation offering hefty tax incentives had already been languishing amid a series of controversies involving the team when an assistant coach

The remarks made by Jack Del Rio on Wednesday caused several key lawmakers to pull their support

Democratic Virginia Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw said Thursday there were too many pending “issues” for the legislation to proceed.

The team, which currently plays in Maryland and has been exploring new stadium possibilities for several years,

The team maintained that the new venue project would be a “remarkable economic development opportunity.”

A day earlier, Saslaw said Del Rio's comments were “not helpful” but indicated he planned to continue pressing for the passage of the legislation

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