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Josh Harris, Steve Apostolopoulos Submit Bids For Commanders

Dan Snyder has not committed to selling the Commanders, but two bids that would break an American sports record have come in for the franchise. The groups headlined by Josh Harris and Steve Apostolopoulos have submitted fully funded bids hitting the $6 billion mark.

Although more issues are in play here, Adam Schefter and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com note a growing belief has emerged Snyder will sell before the draft (Twitter link). It is unclear which bid is higher. No Commanders matter is believed to be on the docket at this week’s league meetings, Albert Breer of SI.com tweets, but it is a safe bet this topic will be among those informally discussed at the latest league gathering.

Harris finished second in the bidding for the Broncos, which the Rob Walton-fronted group won after submitting a then-record $4.65 billion bid. Magic Johnson has rejoined Harris’ group; the NBA legend was part of the Philadelphia 76ers owner’s group when it contended to purchase the Broncos. Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta has also emerged as a potential bidder. A Canadian billionaire, Apostolopoulos was not part of the Broncos bidding. Another anonymous group has joined these in touring the team’s facility, per ESPN.

It will require 24 votes for either prospective owner to acquire the Commanders, though a vote is not expected to be the primary issue here. Engulfed in investigations, Snyder has pushed for indemnification as part of a sale. Colts owner Jim Irsay, who spoke out against Snyder during owners’ meetings last fall, came out against offering Snyder any sort of special protections in order to streamline his NFL exit, NFL.com’s Judy Battista tweets. NFL owners are not expected to allow Snyder indemnification.

Rumors emerged following Irsay’s fall comments that Snyder could sell part of the franchise, and he hired a firm to explore that possibility soon after. Snyder had long said he would never sell, but this process has moved down the road in the months since he and wife Tanya hired the firm. The Harris and Apostolopoulos bids have moved this process further along. Snyder is unlikely to fetch the $7 billion price he has sought, per NBC Sports’ Peter King, but these bids are still 7.5 times the price he paid to buy the team in 1999 ($800MM).

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos still lurks here, and many around the league expect the Snyder rival to submit a bid the Harris- and Apostolopoulos-led groups refuse to top. Snyder is no longer believed to oppose a Bezos bid, FOX Business’ Charles Gasparino reports (on Twitter). Bezos bidding will obviously bring more intrigue compared to the two numbers that surfaced Tuesday, but he has yet to submit his own price.

The NFL’s second investigation into Snyder and the Commanders — one of a few the embattled owner has become embroiled in over the past few years — is ongoing. A full report is expected soon. Snyder has declined to be interviewed as part of the Mary Jo White-run probe, Mark Maske, Liz Clarke and Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post report. White will continue to pursue Snyder cooperation; this would not be the first time Snyder has attempted to evade providing testimony in an investigation. He did so last year amid the House Oversight Committee’s probe and declined to answer more than 100 questions when he did end up testifying. White’s investigation, which followed a league probe that did not produce a written report, has now run for 13 months.

Owners have paused any effort to remove Snyder from his seat, per the Washington Post. The NFL has never voted to remove an owner, and a sale will certainly be the league’s preferred outcome. This process is obviously far more complicated compared to recent sales involving the Broncos and Panthers, but the finish line may soon be in sight.

Latest On Commanders Bidders, Potential Sale Timeline

With the NFL’s owners’ meetings approaching, attention is increasingly being turned to the potential sale of the Commanders. The shortlist of bidders in the running to purchase the embattled franchise appeared to be set, but a few notable changes have become clear in recent days.

Josh Harris’ bid has gained a noteworthy and familiar ally in the form of Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson. The NBA legend has joined the Harris group, as first reported by Sportico’s Scott Soshnick and Eben Novy-Williams. It is unclear at this point how much capital Johnson could be contributing, but he has a long history of becoming a minority in other pro sports franchises.

The 63-year-old has a stake in the Los Angeles Dodgers, WNBA’s LA Sparks, as well as Major League Soccer club LAFC. Last offseason, Johnson became a part of Harris’ ownership group attempting to purchase the Broncos, which ultimately came up short on that occasion. The pair will now partner once again in their latest effort to join the NFL’s ownership ranks, though they will be facing increased competition.

Canadian billionaire Steve Apostolopoulos has joined the list of interested suitors to tour the Commanders’ facility and emerge as potential new owners, per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Adam Schefter and John Keim. That makes him the third known bidder, along with Harris and Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, who was identified last month as one of the finalists to purchase the team.

The ESPN reports notes that Apostolopoulos, a Harvard graduate whose personal net worth sits at an estimated $3.9B, had shown an interested in purchasing the Charlotte Hornets. Instead, he has now turned his attention to the NFL, and the possibility of being involved in what is expected to be another record-shattering sale in terms of total price if the Commanders are sold in full.

Lurking over this ongoing process, of course, is Jeff Bezos. The Amazon founder has long been considered the top name to watch amongst potential bidders, given his immense wealth and proximity to the franchise as owner of the Washington Post. The latter factor, along with the personal tension it has caused between Bezos and Commanders owner Dan Snyder, however, has been named as the top reason why Bezos has reportedly been blocked from participating in the bidding process to date.

As Ralph Vacchiano of Fox Sports tweets, though, many around the league still believe “it’s only a matter of time” before Bezos submits a bid the other suitors cannot compete with at the eleventh hour to secure ownership of the Commanders. For now, at least, he remains on the sidelines with respect to potential new owners, however.

The upcoming league summit has been floated as a time for a sale to become finalized, since it would require approval from the NFL’s other owners to earn ratification. While Snyder’s recent actions have led to reports of a sale being imminent, it might not be in place in time to be finalized by the end of the month, according to Nicki Jhabvala Mark Maske and Liz Clarke of the Washington Post. They nevertheless reiterate that Snyder is expected to sell “in the coming weeks or months,” so a resolution to this saga could be on the horizon.

Latest On Potential Commanders Sale

As the March league owners’ meetings draw closer, the sense around the NFL continues to build that Dan Snyder‘s time as owner of the Commanders is coming to an end. His departure – either through a sale or an unprecedented vote forcing him out of his position – could be hinted at by the team’s recent financial decisions.

The Commanders have delayed the payouts of signing bonuses on their recent player contracts, as detailed by Ben Standig of The Athletic (subscription required). Typically, teams arrange contracts so that the first installment of sizeable payouts are scheduled to be doled out within a few weeks of the contracts becoming official. As Standig notes, Washington has followed this standard practice with deals signed in previous offseasons, including left tackle Trent Williams, defensive tackle Jonathan Allen and wideout Terry McLaurin.

However, the team’s monster extension with Daron Payne, which was signed not long after they applied the franchise tag on him, calls for his first signing bonus payment to be delayed until May 12, per Standig. That date marks exactly two months after the deal was agreed to, and, more notably, is likely to come after a new ownership group is in place to take on the Commanders’ financial responsibilities, including payroll. The same holds true for Washington’s deals with right tackle Andrew Wylie and quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

“Relative to their prior contract precedents, it would seem that they have intentionally delayed the first installment of their signing bonuses,” one former team employee said in an observation of the situation. “[It’s] very plausible that it’s related to the expected timeline of a sale… I think the payout dates are fairly telling.”

The possibility of a vote forcing Snyder out was a talking point during the 2022 season, with Colts owner Jim Irsay noting in October how such a move was on the table. Bidding on the embattled franchise has since taken place, with a shortlist of fellow pro sports owners Josh Harris and Tilman Fertitta being named as potential finalists. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos remains connected to a potential purchase, though reports have pointed to him not being allowed to participate in any hypothetical sales process.

Adding to the recent report that a Commander sale is imminent, NBC Sports’ JP Finlay tweets that the situation now metaphorically sits at ‘first and goal.’ The league’s owners are set to meet next week, so further developments on this front could be coming very soon. As the team’s contract arrangements this offseason suggest, an ownership change remains the likeliest end to the situation in Washington.

Latest On Potential Commanders Sale: Snyder, Owners, Harris

The Dan Snyder era in Washington may be on its last legs, according to Mike Florio of NBC Sports. Sources have said that the word being used to describe the sale within the facilities is “imminent,” leading some to speculate about just how soon this all may come.

Assisting in this theory is the rumor that Snyder and his wife, Tanya, have reportedly cleared out of the Commanders’ facility in anticipation of the sale. The departure occurred back in late December, a bit over a month after the couple announced they were considering a sale. The announcement was followed by the process of drawing in bidders, but despite that process, many in league circles have been skeptical that the Snyders seriously intended to sell.

This new evidence may bring a bit more validity to Snyder’s claims of consideration. That being said, there is no confirmed purchasing group at this time. As many as three different prospective buyers have toured the facility and stadium, but the organization refuses to comment on the potential sale.

Here are a few other rumors surrounding the potential sale of the Commanders:

  • A committee meeting took place recently including some of the league’s owners. According to Mark Maske of The Washington Post, a decision still has not been made concerning the prospect of taking a vote to remove Snyder from ownership should he refuse to sell the team. Snyder’s wife continues to represent the Commanders in league meetings, an arrangement put in place following attorney Beth Wilkinson’s investigation into Snyder and the team. There’s been no reports that she has addressed the owners, and members of the owners’ finance committee claim that they have heard no specifics on a potential transaction.
  • One of the potential bidders rumored to be in the running to buy is Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Harris’s bid was recently bolstered by the addition of DC billionaire Mitchell Rales. Rales is the co-founder of the Danaher Corporation, the largest company in Washington.

Dan Snyder Roundup: Indemnification, Financial Impropriety, Potential Sale

The past few days have seen a number of reports emerge with respect to Commanders owner Dan Snyder which add further to the disdain felt towards him and the uncertainty that he will sell the team. With league meetings approaching later this month, pressure is likely to increase from other owners to distance himself from the league.

In the event that takes place, however, a number of legal actions could be soon to follow. A report from Mark Maske, Nicki Jhabvala and Liz Clarke of the Washington Post claims that Snyder is seeking protection against future liability and costs if he ultimately decides to sell the team. That demand for indemnity is a noteworthy one, as it comes against a backdrop of his fellow owners seeking to have him either sell the team or face the possibility of an unprecedented vote to remove him taking place.

The Post’s report notes, to little surprise, that Snyder’s indemnification request has not sat well with the other owners. In the event it is not granted, however, Snyder has threatened to sue them and the league in the event he is forced out. In addition, Snyder is reportedly seeking to keep the results of the ongoing Mary Jo White investigation into the team’s workplace culture and allegations of financial impropriety from going public. The NFL has stated that a written report on that front will be released, and Snyder’s demands to the contrary are similarly not likely to be met with sympathy from around the league. For their part, the Commanders have issued a statement which says the above claims are “simply untrue.”

Here is a roundup of some other Snyder-related notes, as this ongoing storyline continues to take shape:

  • In a follow-up to the aforementioned Post article, Clark, Maske and Jhabvala detail that league sources believe a vote forcing Snyder out would hold up against a hypothetical legal challenge. The preference amongst owners, however, remains that Jerry Jones (long thought to be Snyder’s closest ally, though their relationship seems to have worsened recently) helps convince Snyder to take the less challenging path of selling the franchise. On the point of indemnity, the expectation exists that it will be flatly rejected, given the myriad issues which have dogged Snyder over the course of his 24-year tenure as owner.
  • In a lengthy piece examining the financial aspects of the controversy surrounding the Commanders, ESPN’s Don Van Natta writes that a $55MM loan obtained in 2019 marked a key turning point in Snyder’s buyout of the team’s three minority owners. The latter group claimed they were not made aware of the loan being requested and obtained (a clear violation of the club’s shareholder agreement), and aired the grievance during a mediation session including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Van Natta notes that no league action was taken to investigate the matter, which ended in the minority partners’ stake in the franchise being sold. This episode, they claim, represents one of several examples of Snyder using the team “as a personal piggy bank.”
  • Other issues of financial impropriety are at the heart of an ongoing probe from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Eastern Virginia. As reported by A.J. Perez of Front Office Sports, that process now includes at least one subpoena being issued. The Commanders, who by their own admission have remained cooperative in the investigation, have previously been forced to pay a $250K penalty and refund season-ticket holders after deposits were found to have been withheld improperly. Van Natta’s ESPN’s piece adds that a criminal probe is underway, and is being led by FBI and IRS agents investigating what one source described as “jail time type of fraud” on Snyder’s part.
  • As was the case in October, owners are set to once again discuss Snyder and the Commanders situation in the coming league meetings, writes Rob Maaddi and Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press. It was during the fall summit that Colts owner Jim Irsay publicly spoke out about the potential Snyder is forced to sell. Such action would become possible if at least 24 of the 31 other owners voted in favor of ousting Snyder, though questions have persisted throughout this saga whether the required majority exists to follow through on that.
  • On the point of a potential sale, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reports that $7B remains the “magic number” which Snyder is seeking. The latest on the bidding process has suggested that $6B could be closer to the sales price, which could cloud Snyder’s intentions of selling all or part of his share even further. The top name linked to buying the franchise, Jeff Bezos, has reportedly been blocked from taking part in the Commanders bidding process to date. Breer notes that the Amazon founder may very well prefer to buy the Seahawks should they hit the market, something which is not expected in at least the near future. While Bezos’ interest (or lack thereof) in buying the Commanders remains a storyline worth watching, further developments could be coming soon regarding Snyder’s future vis-à-vis the league’s other owners.

Latest On Potential Commanders Sale

Previous reports indicated that a resolution would be coming soon in the ongoing sales process concerning the Commanders. Further developments have recently taken place, though they may not point to a sale being as likely as once believed.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos – who has long been considered the top name to watch amongst bidders for the Washington franchise – has been barred from taking part in the bidding process, as first reported by Josh Kosman of the New York Post. That news comes in spite of Bezos’ stated interest in being a candidate to buy the Commanders, as evidenced by his decision to hire an investment firm just days ago.

Adding further clarity to the Bezos matter, Ben Standig and Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic report that the mogul’s inability to place a bid “has been a reality for months.” Tense relations between current Commanders owner Dan Snyder and Bezos, who owns the Washington Post, have been frequently mentioned as a potential obstacle to the latter becoming involved in the bidding process. The timing of reports that he has never truly been a candidate to buy the team are certainly noteworthy in light of his earlier actions, and the Post’s continuing mention of him as someone who could still play a part in a potential sale.

With Bezos presumably out of the running, two apparent finalists remain. One is Josh Harris, who was named as a prospective buyer after he toured the Commanders’ facility recently. The billionaire has an ownership stake in several pro sports teams, and took part in the bidding process for the Broncos last offseason. The identity of his primary competition as now been revealed.

Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta is “involved in the bidding” on the Commanders, per the Washington Post’s Mark Maske and Nicki Jhabvala. That makes him the previously unidentified bidder who was mentioned as the one other than Harris to make a formal visit to the team’s facility with the bidding process close to its first major deadline. That has come and passed, and Maske and Jhavbala report that Fertitta placed a bid of just over $5.5BB; as a result, they add that the 65-year-old is not considered the frontrunner.

That figure falls in line with Standig and Kaplan’s assertion that Snyder’s asking price has come down from $7BB closer to the $6BB mark. The latter amount would still comfortably exceed the $4.65BB price tag on the Broncos from 2022, which itself shattered the North American sports record for franchise sales. The Athletic report adds that underwhelming bids could entice Snyder to simply remain his ownership stake, but also that activity surrounding a potential sale has “ramped up.”

Much is still to be determined in this situation, but Bezos being left out of the bidding process is a major takeaway from this latest set of updates. How much Harris and Fertitta are willing to pay for the embattled franchise will soon become clearer, though, if the previously reported goal of having a deal in place buy the March owner’s meetings holds true.

Jeff Bezos Hires Investment Firm Ahead Of Potential Commanders Bid

The saga of what remains a hypothetical Commanders sale has taken another noteworthy turn. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos‘ name has once again come up in the discussion of the ongoing sales process.

Bezos has hired investment firm Allen & Company to “evaluate a possible bid” for the Commanders, as detailed by Mark Maske, Nicki Jhabvala and Liz Clarke of the Washington Post. That firm, based in New York, is the one which was involved in the two most recent NFL franchise sales (the Panthers in 2018 and the Broncos in 2022). Bezos hiring them represents a firm commitment to at least explore the possibility of buying the Washington team, something which he had previously only been speculatively connected to.

Bezos was first mentioned as a likely bidder in November, something which immediately made him a name to watch in any sales process. His edge over other bidders in terms of overall spending power has led to the belief that he would be the favorite in the event embattled owner Dan Snyder went ahead with a sale of the team. The situation could become similar to that in Denver last offseason, when the Rob Walton-led group was seen as the one to beat long before their historic bid was accepted and ratified.

On the other hand, tension between Snyder and Bezos (who owns the Post, the outlet most vocal in critiquing the former amidst his various investigations and scandals) was thought to be a reason why Bezos might not be a legitimate bidder. That sentiment grew when the world’s reported fourth-richest man did not take part in the first formal process related to a potential sale.

More recently, a small number of prospective buyers toured the Commanders’ facility. The one which has been identified to date is Josh Harris, who has an ownership stake in a number of pro sports franchises and was a bidder for the Broncos last year. Bezos was not reported to be among the two finalists remaining in terms of serious contenders for the first formal bidding process, which is expected to take place soon. A relatively late arrival would not come as much of a surprise, given the ability Bezos would have to match or exceed Harris’ or any other potential bidders’ best offers (currently believed to be in the $6BB range).

More developments on this front are expected soon, from a more firm commitment from Snyder one way or another with respect to selling the franchise, to a frontrunner emerging to succeed him. This latest step by Bezos puts him squarely on the radar in terms of potential buyers.

Commanders Notes: Snyder-Jones Relationship, Prospective Bidders, Potential Sale Timeline

The matter of a potential Commanders sale has been a talking point for months now, as the view other NFL owners take of Dan Snyder has worsened. That trend has stretched to even affect his Cowboys counterpart, Jerry Jones.

A bombshell report from October indicated that Snyder had dug up dirt on his fellow owners, as a means of providing leverage against a vote forcing him to sell his team. In the wake of that report – which the 58-year-old has denied – it was said that Jones still counted himself amongst Snyder’s supporters. That appears to still be the case, but relations between the two have changed.

“I would say we’ve had to be more formal in our conversations,” Jones said, via USA Today’s Jarrett Bell“We’re not as cavalier as we might have been. Follow me? Don’t know who’s listening. Who’s what? So, we’ve had to be more formal.”

Jones added that Snyder is “not the most beloved guy around,” and that he wouldn’t be worth “taking a sword” for. That marks a notable stance potentially in favor of a sale, something which would likely go a long way amongst other owners, given Jones’ sway in that particular group and his reputation for supporting Snyder more than most.

Here are some other notes related to the Commanders and their hypothetical sales process:

  • Josh Harris, owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Devils and English Premier League club Crystal Palace, toured the Commanders’ facility earlier this month, per Ben Standig and Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic (subscription required). He did the same last summer as as prospective buyer of the Broncos, so this action signals his interested in becoming owner of the next NFL team to (potentially) go on the market. Around that same time, another, unnamed candidate toured the facility as well, according to the Washington Post’s Mark Maske, Nicki Jhabvala and Liz Clarke. This past Friday, another potential buyer did the same, Jhabvla tweets.
  • It was reported in December that an initial bidding process took place, one which notably did not include Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Providing clarity on that front, Standig and Kaplan note that that December process actually consisted of “non-binding indications of interest,” which do not require formal bids taking place. That is the next step, though, and is expected to take place soon. Once it happens, however, there may be a distinct lack of competition amongst prospective buyers. Lydia Moynihan of the New York Post reports that only two serious contenders remain in the running (including Harris, and not Bezos); they have each showed a willingness to reach the $6BB mark in a sales price, though liquidity would be an issue on Harris’ and the unnamed other bidder’s part at that value. One of Moynihan’s sources predicts Bezos will be courted late in the process given his significant advantage in terms of total wealth.
  • Speculation has persisted in terms of when a final decision will be made with respect to a sale being green-lighted, and then finalized. On that point, Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer notes that a deal will ideally be in place by the time the NFL’s owners’ meetings take place in late March (video link). That would allow the other owners to vote on and ratify a sale, as they did in the case of the Broncos last offseason, and presumably bring an end to the saga hanging over the Commanders.

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.

Latest On Commanders Owner Dan Snyder

Despite having a bye week, last weekend was a noisy one for the Commanders. On the Thursday leading into the Week 14 slate of NFL games, the Congressional House Oversight Committee released its latest findings into the “toxic work environment” in Washington.

The findings were not only damaging to owner Dan Synder and the team but also implicated the NFL. In summation, the findings confirmed that several employees were victims of a toxic work culture for over two decades. The Committee indicated that Synder “permitted and participated” in the troubling conduct. The most damning part of the report found that Synder and other leadership in the organization perpetuated the toxic culture by ignoring and downplaying sexual misconduct throughout the team’s staff.

Further findings detailed how Snyder interfered with an investigation by attorney Beth Wilkinson. Synder reportedly launched a “shadow investigation” into potential sources to The Washington Post, attempted to silence employees who may implicate him for his misconduct, and tried to obstruct Wilkinson’s access to information. In addition to his intimidation of witnesses and the blocking of document production, Synder failed to appear at a public hearing.

For the league’s part, the Committee found that the NFL knew of the serious interference with Wilkinson’s investigation and did nothing to stop it. The league also reportedly misled the public about its own handling of the Wilkinson investigation while continuing to turn a blind eye and minimize workplace misconduct among other teams across the league, as well.

It appears that much of the focus of the investigation was on detailing just how involved Snyder was in the oversight of the organization. Snyder’s argument was that his hands were clean after he fired former team president Bruce Allen. The reported findings, though, seem to indicate that Snyder was fairly knowledgeable of and complicit in the team’s toxic culture.

Regarding potential action against Snyder by the league, Colts owner Jim Irsay has been perhaps the most vocal of the league’s group of team owners. While Irsay has recognized that there is merit to removing Snyder, he reportedly is not ready to vote Snyder out, according to Schuyler Dixon of AP News. Irsay noted the gravity of the action, questioning if that severity of discipline has ever been practiced in the league’s history before. Before calling for a vote, Irsay urged that he would like to hear out his fellow owners’ opinions, including those of Snyder. It’s not quite clear what has been left unsaid at this point by Snyder, the league, and the Committee, so Irsay’s comments ring as procrastinating, if not insincere. With the sale of the franchise likely on the horizon, it’s far simpler for Irsay and company to wait for Snyder to leave of his own accord, rather than forcing him out with direct action.

In looking at the sale, it’s appearing more and more likely that Snyder will sell his full ownership in the franchise, as opposed to just a minority stake. Some with knowledge of these types of transactions have noted that Snyder will likely have “difficulty finding an investor willing to pay $1BB to $2BB to be his junior business partner,” according to Mark Maske, Liz Clarke, and Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post. While NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stated at a press conference that he doesn’t “have any expectations” concerning the sale, Irsay essentially confirmed his sentiment towards conservative action, claiming that, “If the team hypothetically…were sold 100 percent, that would resolve things.”

Whether legal discipline will eventually find Snyder is still up in the air. What is becoming more and more clear, though, is that Snyder’s days in the NFL are numbered. He is likely to sell his ownership in the franchise in the coming months. If he balks and refuses to give up the reins, perhaps Irsay and the league will take more urgency in dealing with the problem of Snyder’s persistent presence.