Earlier this month, the Commanders said that owner Daniel Snyder will consider selling all or part of the franchise. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is considered the favorite to buy the Commanders.
The Commanders could fetch up to $7 billion, which is absolutely nothing for a man like Bezos to pay up.
In a sit-down interview in his D.C. home with Chloe Melas, Bezos was asked about the potential Washington Commanders ownership rumors and he gave a cryptic response.
‘Yes, I’ve heard that buzz,’ Bezos said with a smile.
Sánchez chimed in with a laugh, ‘I do like football. I’m just going to throw that out there for everyone.’
Bezos added, ‘I grew up in Houston, Texas, and I played football growing up as a kid … and it is my favorite sport … so we’ll just have to wait and see.’
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.
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. By him agreeing to sell, it looks like it won’t have to come to that scenario.
The second-richest American can essentially buy whatever he wants, but there is another hurdle to clear. 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, which has put his standing among NFL owners in question. If Bezos is interested, he will hope Jay-Z can help make the deal possible.