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Redskins win could mean big money for Prince George’s County

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As the Redskins inch closer and closer to an NFC East Division title, local stores are cashing in.

“With everything that’s going on with them winning, it’s just generating more and more and more people to actually come out and get a lot of their merchandise,” says Aaron Taylor, an employee at the Sports Authority in Largo.

Employees at the store say the fully-stocked shelves don’t last long.

“RG3 for sure. We can’t keep it in. It’s hard for us to keep it in,” says Taylor.

This Sunday, the Redskins will take on the Dallas Cowboys in a winner-takes-all game. If the Redskins win, FedEx Field would become home to a wildcard playoff game in early January, a game with big money attached.

Thomas Himler, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Budget, Finance and Administration in Prince George’s County, says the county rakes in anywhere from $500,000 to $600,000 per home game. The extra funds go right back into the county’s budget. A playoff game could mean more money for schools, roads and safety.

“Anytime you get an additional $500,000 or $600,000 of revenue we’ll take it and reinvest it. It’s a sizable amount of money,” he says.

With so much riding on Sunday’s game, residents say they’re crossing their fingers for a win.

“As a resident of the county, it’s just more revenue to help the school system, police officers, just better living conditions for all residents in the county,” says Gregory Plunkett. “We all win."

A playoff game could make a big difference at the Sports Authority.

“It’s a big deal because we haven’t had a game like this since the stadium’s been built here,” says Taylor.

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