Hogan: Maryland will not get into a bidding war in Commanders stadium hunt

Gov. Larry Hogan says Maryland would like to keep the Washington Commanders in the state, but it will not “get in a bidding war” to build a new stadium for the NFL franchise.

Hogan made the comments Tuesday in Annapolis in response to a reporter’s question at a press conference on a new workforce development initiative for state jobs.

“I think [the Commanders are] using everyone back and forth as they have been for eight years. They’re negotiating, pitting everyone against each other,” said Hogan, suggesting the Commanders are setting Maryland, D.C. and Virginia against one another to get a better stadium deal. “But we’re not going to get in a bidding war over them and we’re not going to be proposing $1.2 billion for them to build a new stadium. If Virginia wants to do that and they want to go to Virginia, I would say ‘good luck.’”

The $1.2 billion figure is a nod to legislation in Virginia through which a state stadium authority would be authorized to sell…

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