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UPDATE: Metrodome operators won't block use of Redskins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota stadium operators won't create a new policy barring the use of the Washington Redskins name and logo during a game in the Metrodome next month.

The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority on Friday denied a request from the American Indian Movement, American Civil Liberties Union and others to block the team's name from being used on materials and public address systems. The groups have argued the logo is offensive and racist.

The authority's lawyer advised that doing so could be considered unconstitutional prior restraint.

AIM founder Clyde Bellecourt says there will be hundreds of people protesting outside that Nov. 7 game, which will be televised nationally on cable's NFL Network.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A request that Minnesota stadium officials avoid using the Redskins name and logo when Washington plays the Vikings next month is spurring conversation but may not produce action.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota made the request Thursday of operators of the Metrodome and media outlets. Executive Director Chuck Samuelson called the Redskins name offensive and hurtful to Native Americans, some of whom have made similar requests.

The Vikings host the Redskins for a nationally televised game Nov. 7.

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chief Michele Kelm-Helgen says the agency is meeting with people raising concerns and consulting attorneys. But she says its power is limited during NFL events.

A Vikings official deferred to the league, which didn't immediately return a message.

A Redskins spokesman wouldn't address the ACLU's complaint.

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