Earlier this week, it was reported that longtime Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder hired the Bank of America to explore the possibility of selling the franchise.
Snyder and the Commanders have been plagued in countless controversies, incidents and disturbing allegations involving workplace misconduct. So news of Snyder potentially selling the Commanders has been generally very well-received.
It should be noted that a selling of the Commanders isn’t imminent at this time. But the fact that Snyder is at least exploring the option is an encouraging sign for the many fans, pundits and NFL owners and employees who want him out.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the second-richest person in the world right now behind only Elon Musk, has been widely mentioned as a possible buyer for the Commanders. And apparently, the NFL would be absolutely thrilled if Bezos came aboard.
Speaking to Mike Florio on a recent episode of Pro Football Talk (h/t The Comeback), Peter King of NBC Sports reported that the NFL “would love” it if Bezos purchased the Commanders:
“There’s a reason why the NFL was so aggressive in pursuing Amazon as the streaming partner for Thursday night. It is a very simple reason and a very simple fact of life in the NFL: NFL owners like the richest men in the world. They just do.
And when there is one out there, who has some interest in joining your club in some way, the welcome mat goes out. And the welcome mat goes out so aggressively that it’s just logical to think that the NFL would want Jeff Bezos to buy the team.”
King added that the NFL “would love” Bezos “to come in and rescue this franchise.”
Bezos is also the owner of The Washington Post. As King noted, Snyder has had his issues with the newspaper, which hasn’t been shy in critiquing his 23 years as the owner.
The Commanders were once among football’s best franchises, winning three Super Bowls under Hall of Fame head coach Joe Gibbs with three different starting quarterbacks in Joe Theismann, Doug Williams and Mark Rypien.
But Washington has been among football’s worst franchises since Snyder took over as owner in 1999. They have just six winning seasons, as many postseason appearances and only two playof wins under his ownership.
The Commanders and their fans would surely benefit from a change of ownership. Snyder’s awful track record as the owner of this team for 23 years speaks for itself, after all.
Will Bezos be the man to step in and replace Snyder as the owner of the team? Only time will tell.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.