Magic Johnson begins shaping Commanders future ahead of sale

Magic Johnson
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Magic Johnson has wasted no time in potentially shaping the Washington Commanders' future as part of his involvement in Josh Harris' ownership group.

After months of speculation surrounding the Washington Commanders being sold, everything is starting to look more final than ever. And in all honesty, it's nice to see some action at long last.

Dan Snyder and the Josh Harris group have signed the papers relating to an exclusive deal worth $6.05 billion. Everything must be approved by the NFL's finance committee and go through an official vote among other owners, but there is now light at the end of what's become a very dark tunnel for all involved.

Harris and numerous other group members have experience in business, infrastructure, and running sports franchises. According to a recent revelation from A.J. Perez of Front Office Sports, the highest-profile member of the contingent has already begun potentially shaping the Commanders' future ahead of the sale.

Magic Johnson begins shaping Commanders future

The reporter, who's been at the heart of developments surrounding the transaction, stated that Magic Johnson met with a Maryland governor over the past few weeks. While the topics of discussion weren't made public, rumors of a new stadium venue obviously formed the focal point of speculation.

"Magic Johnson met with Maryland Gov. Wes Moore within the last month, a source told Front Office Sports. While it’s unclear what the two discussed, the meeting comes as lawmakers in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. gird for a potential three-way battle to land the next Commanders stadium."

A.J. Perez, Front Ofice Sports

While it's nice to have businessmen with vast wealth on board, Johnson represents the connection between sport, finance, and the fanbase. Based on his ownership stints with teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, he is also a man of action.

This supposed meeting could have just been an introductory part of the process before things start heating up. With FedEx Field broken almost beyond repair, forming the plan for a new facility is arguably the biggest priority for Harris and his team of minority stakeholders once everything gets rubber-stamped.

It might end up being nothing. But in some ways, it's a measurement of the intent to immediately transform the Commanders from a relic of sorts to an industry leader on and off the field.

That will take some time given the lack of investment by Snyder and how the franchise is currently perceived following a number of concerning scandals. However, the sale represents a clean slate for everyone associated with the Commanders after decades of misery.

Johnson is getting down to business nice and early based on this latest development. Hopefully, this is just the start of a profitable future for the organization.

And it's been a long time since anyone could say that with any great confidence.

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