Daniel Snyder may or may not be selling the Commanders. If he does, it may or may not be by force.
That’s about all we know as the saga surrounding Snyder continues to drag on, but after the embattled owner announced he hired Bank of America Securities to evaluate a sale, it’s at least possible the Commanders could be sold in full in the near future.
Snyder and the Commanders have been the subject of various investigations this year, including one by the NFL and another by D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine, who recently announced he is suing the team.
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It’s been tough to keep track of what exactly the investigations are focusing on. The House Oversight Committee, for example, began investigating an allegedly toxic workplace culture within the organization and ended up finding evidence of financial violations by Snyder.
Snyder could sell the Commanders on his own, or NFL owners could remove him. It would take 24 of the other 31 owners to vote for removal, but that scenario is at least on the table after Colts owner Jim Irsay said in October that he’s in favor of Snyder being forced out.
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The developments have some of America’s wealthiest people lining up to enter a bidding war. Some have publicly expressed interest, while others have only been the subject of reports stating their interest.
As ugly as the Snyder situation has become in Washington, all 32 NFL teams would sell for a massive price. The Commanders are no different.
Here’s who could be interested in buying the Commanders if Snyder decides to sell the franchise.
Who could buy the Commanders?
Jeff Bezos and Jay-Z
The second-richest American can essentially buy whatever he wants, but there is another hurdle to clear.
According to NBC’s Peter King, Snyder does not want to sell the franchise to Jeff Bezos due to the Amazon founder’s ownership of the Washington Post. The paper has been highly critical of Snyder over the years, detailing some of the behavior that has put his standing among NFL owners in question.
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If Bezos is interested, he will hope Jay-Z can help make the deal possible both financially and practically. People Magazine reported the two celebrities from very different spheres are interested in teaming up for a bid if Snyder chooses to sell.
Actor Matthew McConaughey likely can’t be the leader of any group attempting to buy the Commanders, but the New York Post reported he has serious interest in joining a potential bid by Bezos and Jay-Z.
McConaughey is a longtime friend of Snyder as well as a fan of the team. It’s possible the actor’s role in a bid could make the idea of selling to a Bezos-led group more appealing to the embattled owner.
Durant also falls under the category of big-name celebrities who don’t have the money to lead their own bid. Of course, there’s no reason the D.C. native would be interested in being a principal owner of an NFL team while he’s still an active NBA player. Instead, Durant could look to join a larger group looking to purchase his hometown team.
Durant already revealed he’s interested in that scenario, telling reporters, “I would love to do it. I would love to give a little bit of my money to be a part of the Commanders, but we’ll see.”
Durant mentioned he’s aware of the potential Bezos and Jay-Z group, and he already has a relationship with Jay-Z after joining the rapper’s Roc Nation agency in 2013.
Michigan billionaire Mat Ishbia announced he is interested in bidding for the Commanders. Ishbia is estimated by Forbes to be worth $4.6 billion, and he was in the running for the Broncos before they were sold to Walmart heir Rob Walton earlier this year.
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Ishbia is the CEO of United Wholesale Mortgage, the top mortgage lender in America.
Bloomberg reported media giant Byron Allen is preparing to submit a bid for the Commanders. Allen isn’t as wealthy as Bezos or Ishbia, but adding partners to help fund a bid can make up the difference.
Allen would be the first Black majority owner in NFL history. He also bid for the Broncos earlier this year. Like Ishbia, Allen doesn’t have direct local ties to the D.C. area.
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Josh Harris’ name isn’t as prominent as Bezos or McConaughey, but he’s among the betting favorites to close a deal for the Commanders.
Harris is the principal owner of the NHL’s Devils and NBA’s 76ers, and he was interested in purchasing the Broncos.
Harris reportedly could spend as much as $5 billion on a franchise, so even if he has to add partners to help finance a deal, he has the money to be a leading contender for the Commanders (or any NFL team).
Unlike the Broncos, buying the Commanders would allow Harris to have all of his teams within hours of each other on the east coast.