The Washington Commanders aren’t technically for sale yet, but potential bidders are lining up in the event Dan Snyder grants everyone wish.
On Wednesday, Forbes reported Snyder hired Bank of America Security to explore a potential sale of the franchise.
The news sent shockwaves around the NFL. For Commanders fans, though, it represented one of the greatest days in franchise history, which says a lot for a team that’s won five championships, including three Super Bowls.
It remains to be seen if Snyder will consider a full sale, but that seems likely after the U.S. Attorney’s office in Eastern District of Virginia launched a criminal investigation into the Commanders after the news dropped.
The investigation was triggered by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which claimed it received evidence on Washington and Snyder failing to report ticket revenue and withholding refundable security deposit from fans.
With Snyder facing slings and arrows from every direction, a potential partnership has emerged that is almost too promising to believe. Per People magazine, Jeff Bezos is considering partnering with Jay-Z to buy the Commanders.
Could Jeff Bezos and Jay-Z team up to buy the Commanders from Dan Snyder?
Imagine going from Dan Snyder to Bezos and Jay-Z? Talk about a dream scenario for Commanders fans. Jay-Z has had long-standing interest in purchasing an NFL team, albeit as a minority owner since his net worth is only $1.3 billion. Bezos, meanwhile, has kicked the tires on becoming an owner in the league. Back in 2019, CBS reported Bezos expressed interest, but no teams were for sale at the time.
Valued at $115 billion, Bezos would immediately step in as the richest owner in the league, topping new Broncos owner Rob Walton by more than $40 billion after Walton purchased the team over the summer. Behind Walton, the NFL’s richest owner is the Panthers’ David Tepper, who’s worth nearly $100 billion less than Bezos.
For what it’s worth, Bezos seemingly has a strong bond with the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell, who were seen chatting it up in the Week 2 fixture between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers. Of course, Bezos’ Amazon just inked a monster11-year deal to broadcast Thursday Night Football.
Again, Snyder would need to put the team up for sale — not just a minority stake — for the Bezos-Jay-Z partnership to come to fruition. That might be the “fan favorite” in terms of Snyder successors, but they’ll undoubtedly have competition, as media mogul Byron Allen is already preparing a bid to buy the team.
Expect more potential buyers to emerge in the coming days and weeks. This might have an obvious answer, but would you endorse a Bezos-Jay-Z ownership group, Commanders fans? Maybe the better question would be who’s crazy enough to turn their nose up at this potential partnership?