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.
31 comments on “Latest On Jeff Bezos, Potential Commanders Sale”
I can’t fathom why such a flailing franchise that has done absolutely nothing in the past 30 years would be worth that much more than the Broncos.
The Broncos deal happened first, was in a media market less than half the size, and had owners who really needed to sell, as opposed to an owner who doesn’t actually want to.
Cash Flow and depreciation
Because it comes with some VERY expensive real estate in ashburN, VA
Snyder: “I’m mad at you. I don’t want to sell my team to you.”
Bezos: “I’ll give you more money than anybody else.”
Snyder: “We’re good.”
$7b would go a long way towards fixing hurt feelings!
…because if Bezos no longer owns the Post it magically goes back in time and removes all of the previous things Snyder feels that Bezos did to him.
Selling the Post is a rather lame “goodwill” gesture as it wouldn’t benefit Snyder at all. Cutting Dan in on a piece of Amazon profits would be a far stronger peace offering.
Yeah, Bezos, how about $7B… in Amazon stock?
I mean, how bad do you want it, Jeff?
Even if Bezos sold the Post Snyder wouldn’t sell him the team out of spite.
They should sell the team to a Black owner. Does the NFL have any Black owners? I wonder what the ethnicity is of a majority of the nfl owners.
Sell the team to van Jones he was just given like a billion dollars
enough with the race card stuff. this is business! whoever has the money gets to buy said item for sale. it’s like selling gas to only black ppl cause of whatever reason. with that said
it would be nice to have a black owner, but not just let them own a team b/c they’re black
Lol if that’s the case, might as well give a team to Latino/Asian/islander/middle eastern people too, black lives aren’t the only one that matter.
You guys are responding to a race trolling comment by treating it like an actual point and getting mad at it.
Except way too many people out there actually think this should happen. It’s looney land out there, mostly coming from a certain party. It’s tough to decide parody from what these bozos actually think.
Congratulations on being superior to these hypothetical people, I guess.
Never said I’m better than anyone. Sorry you couldn’t deny what I said
You cited unnamed people making a point like the joke above as evidence that people whose politics are different than yours are “looney land.” So yeah, you certainly implied that you’re better than other people.
Do your own research on evidence. And yeah I’m the one who thinks I’m better then everyone else. Coming form they guy who in laterally every article is arguing with someone
I debate actual points. You’re calling people who disagree with you about strawman points looney.
Again, you stated the guy was joking. When it’s clear as day that in today’s society, what seems like a joke is real. Like “women” competing in real women’s sports, or thinking drag queens should be teaching our kids. That’s something 20-30 years ago we would laugh at. Now it’s rude to call it out for what it is…lunacy. That’s my point.
I’m shocked that you haven’t cited the woke mob yet. You’re so close to reactionary conservative bingo.
Lol, I agree with 2012Orioles. It’s hard to tell if someone is joking or being serious when it comes to making everything “racial bias” though Oooof. I get people don’t like it when the bring the political side of it, but let’s be honest: that stuff is mainly being mentioned on the leftist media. To each their own, but idk if this guy was being serious or not…. Lol u can’t get upset with 2012Orioles for replying and giving facts too.
Find a black dude with 7 billion bucks burning a hole in his pocket and I’m sure something can be arranged.
Byron Allen was bidding for the Broncos.. as long as he doesn’t charge more for my cable company to show The Weather Channel , I’m good with him..
If it walks like a duck, your a racist. Quit dividing us.
This is rich coming from username “georgefloydsrapsheet.”
Huh, I thought it would be longer.
C’mon, Jeffrey… you can do it!
First of all I don’t think Dan Snyder is going to make a decision because he’s already lining up for residency in France all his companies have transferred since he’s a resident of France so he’ll be moving out of the country. So as soon as he sells his team I think there’ll be a delay. But I do expect some resolution on the sale of his team because we know the bids came in four weeks ago.
GOOD! I hope the new owner makes them the “Washington Redskins” again and get rid of those liberal sponsors.