Fresh sale speculation emerges after Commanders latest settlement
By Dean Jones
Fresh speculation that the Washington Commanders could be sold by Dan Snyder soon emerged after the team’s latest settlement was agreed upon.
The ongoing sale saga has been tiresome and frustrating in equal measure for fans. It’s a new story every day with nothing official coming from Dan Snyder, who is making things especially difficult before the NFL gets rid of the billionaire once and for all.
Washington’s latest legal dispute with the District of Colombia was settled by the franchise, which agreed to pay more than $625,000 to reimburse ticket holders after they allegedly weren’t given back their security deposits. The team released a statement claiming no wrongdoing took place, but the outcome in this particular case tells a different story.
This is another stain on Snyder’s disastrous tenure. But according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, it might be another sign that the sale is going to happen quicker than many anticipate.
Settlement could speed up Commanders sale by Dan Snyder
The insider stated that this clears another legal matter for new ownership. Although a recent report from A.J. Perez of Front Office Sports suggests that Snyder is biding his time in the hope that another bidder – possibly Jeff Bezos – enters the fray to potentially get more than the $6 billion already on the table.
"“Commanders owner Daniel Snyder has never been one to shy away from a legal fight. The fact that he has settled a legal fight against the District of Columbia over allegations of unrefunded season-ticket security deposits is, given his litigious nature, a surprise. Maybe it shouldn’t be. As Snyder moves closer and closer to selling the team, maybe it’s the most obvious objective sign yet that a sale is happening. Maybe soon. Maybe very soon.”"
All this talk is nothing new for fans. They’ve heard something might be close before with nothing concrete emerging, so they have every right to be skeptical of Florio’s latest comments.
Even Florio himself added that nothing is certain – especially where Snyder’s decision-making is concerned. But with a reported deadline of May 22 for a sale to be rubber-stamped, the clock is ticking.
"“Of course, it’s never done until it’s done. And with Dan Snyder, many have wondered whether it ever truly will be. Today’s decision to walk away from a fight in court with the District of Columbia seems to be the clearest evidence yet that Snyder is prepared to sail off into the sunset on his superyacht.”"
Fans want the new era to begin right now. This saga has been almost neverending and clearly had an impact on the Commanders’ moves in free agency, which is a distraction Ron Rivera could do without heading into Year 4 of his reign.
Snyder might be playing one last set of mind games before walking away. However, he could also be willing to push this right to the limit and get a forceful removal from NFL owners, which they’ve been reluctant to pursue up to now.
All we can do is wait with not-so-bated breath and hope the situation concludes in a satisfactory manner. But with Snyder, anything and everything could happen in the meantime.