Dan Snyder reportedly blocks Jeff Bezos bid on Commanders


Dan Snyder allegedly stored Jeff Bezos from a non-public public sale for the Washington Commanders
Picture: Adrian Kraus (AP)

It seems that Daniel Snyder’s disdain for Jeff Bezos will forestall the billionaire Amazon founder from shopping for the Washington Commanders. Bezos was allegedly prevented from becoming a member of a non-public public sale for the NFL franchise by Snyder on account of a long-standing grudge. (Bezos and Snyder didn’t return calls from the New York Publish for remark.)

It’s clear why Snyder would have beef with Bezos, who owns the Washington Publish. The paper ran a number of exposés that allege Snyder enabled sexual harassment.

In accordance with WaPo:

“The allegations raised … — working from 2006 to 2019 — span most of Snyder’s tenure as proprietor and fall into two classes: unwelcome overtures or feedback of a sexual nature, and exhortations to put on revealing clothes and flirt with purchasers to shut gross sales offers.”

Because the NY Publish wrote in late January, some consider Snyder suspects Bezos inspired the robust protection so as to power the beleaguered proprietor to promote the crew. Again in November, a supply advised Peter King of NBC Sports activities {that a} sale to Bezos won’t ever occur.

“Dan Snyder detests the Washington Publish. No method he’d promote to the proprietor of that paper,” in accordance with the supply.

Bezos’ curiosity in proudly owning an NFL franchise

In 2019, stories indicated that Bezos had struck a rapport with quite a few NFL homeowners, together with Snyder.

As famous by Jason La Canfora in his piece for CBS Sports activities:

“Snyder has been making an attempt for years to get a state-of-the-art downtown stadium in-built DC, rising more and more pissed off by the situation and age of FedEx Subject. Bezos moved the Washington Publish to a brand new location after buying the paper, is establishing an Amazon hub within the space and a few consider might support Snyder’s pursuit of a brand new stadium, even perhaps with an Amazon sponsorship.”

Nonetheless, after that piece was written, Snyder denied the rumor of a rapport with Bezos, claiming that he hadn’t seen him in a decade on the time.

After Snyder introduced his curiosity in probably promoting the Commanders, TMZ reported that Bezos might associate with rapper Jay-Z to purchase the crew. There have been even stories that Bezos would think about promoting the Washington Publish to raised his possibilities, though Bezos has claimed the publication was by no means on the market.

Except for his curiosity in buying an NFL crew, it seems Bezos has at all times had an affinity for the D.C. space and soccer generally. In 2022, Amazon bought the rights to Thursday Evening Soccer, which led to record-breaking Amazon Prime subscriptions. Bezos owns a home within the D.C. metro space, and Amazon’s second headquarters is positioned simply throughout the Potomac River in Crystal Metropolis, Virginia. Even when Bezos didn’t have the enterprise relationship with Snyder that was rumored, it doesn’t imply the 2 by no means contacted each other.

As soon as proud franchise on the market

Snyder might in the end determine to not promote the Commanders since he didn’t get his asking value, because the NY Publish famous. The tabloid reported that the most effective supply Snyder obtained was $5.5 billion, whereas different publications akin to Forbes reported that provides have are available for the crew “far north” of $7 billion.

“He’s an ass and he might not wish to give it up,” a supply carefully watching the sale advised the NY Publish.

Whether or not or not Snyder shall be compelled to stroll away from the Commanders, which he bought for $800 million in 1999, shall be decided on the annual homeowners’ assembly on March 26. It wouldn’t be a shock if different homeowners vote in favor of ousting Snyder. In October 2022, Colts’ proprietor Jim Irsay was quoted saying there are doubtlessly 24 votes to take away Snyder as co-owner of the Commanders. That’s 75 % of league homeowners.

A potential motive why Snyder remains to be in cost was detailed in a near-8,000-word ESPN expose written by Don Van Natta Jr., Seth Wickersham, and Tisha Thompson, printed in October.

The report cites Snyder lately saying he’s garnered “sufficient secrets and techniques to explode a number of NFL homeowners,” with the league workplace and Goodell as fellow casualties. Snyder’s perceived contingencies are in place so as to defend himself from any try to oust him from his perch because the Commanders’ proprietor.


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