Latest On Jeff Bezos, Potential Commanders Sale

The possibility of Dan Snyder selling the Commanders remains a key NFL storyline as the offseason approaches. The sense of an ownership change being on the horizon has grown over the past several months, with it coming out in November that a sale is at least being explored.

One of the names immediately brought up as a candidate to purchase the embattled franchise was Jeff Bezos. The Amazon founder has owned the Washington Post for the past decade, and was reported in 2019 to be on the radar of joining the NFL’s ownership group. It came as little surprise, then, that the 59-year-old was said to be interested in submitting a bid for the Commanders not long after it was known the team could soon be up for sale.

However, the initial bidding process came and went in December, and Bezos was not involved, as detailed by A.J. Perez of Front Office Sports. The reasons for that could be closely linked to another notable takeaway from the first round of bidding: no one reached the $7BB mark Snyder is thought to be seeking from the candidate who would become the team’s controlling owner. With an estimated net worth of over $122BB, Bezos could certainly win out over any number of other contenders if liquidity were to become a sticking point, but another factor is thought to be in play in his situation.

Personal grievances involving Bezos and Snyder have been raised as a potential roadblock to a sale being finalized between the two. Specifically, the way in which the Post has covered the Commanders recently amidst controversies connected to their alleged toxic workplace and investigations into financial improprieties has led to a widespread belief of disdain for Bezos on Snyder’s part. Several outlets have stated that Snyder is not interested in selling to him at any price.

Against that backdrop, Josh Kosman of the New York Post reports that Bezos could be lining up a sale of the Post as a first step towards buying the Commanders. While he cites conflicting information from sources on whether or not such a move could be coming soon, it could be construed by Snyder as a “gesture of goodwill” which may “go a long way” in terms of the latter warming up to the notion of selling to Bezos. In terms of his competition, Liz Clarke, Mark Maske and Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post note that the finalists for the Broncos are expected to be “contenders” to buy the Commanders.

Denver’s sale to the Rob Walton group last offseason shattered the North American sports record at a cost of $4.65BB. A deal seeing the Commanders change hands could dwarf that figure, especially if the framework were to be in place for a new stadium deal. The Seahawks were believed to be a target for Bezos at one point, but owner Jody Allen emphatically said in the summer that the NFC West franchise will not be sold any time soon. That will leave Bezos connected to Washington if the sales process moves forward in the near future.

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