While the current Washington Commanders owners may not be thrilled by the possibility, Amazon kingpin Jeff Bezos has made a major move toward a potential purchase of the NFL franchise.
After months of turmoil that included investigations by congress and the league, as well as rumors of other NFL bosses pondering a push to remove Daniel Snyder from his majority ownership role, the Washington Commanders began the process of selling the franchise in December.
From the outset, there was speculation that billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos could be one of the bidders in a potential sale. Being one of the richest people on the planet often leads to rumors of buying a major sports franchise. However, while there were rumors of interest, there was never any hard evidence the 59-year-old was seriously considering a purchase.
Especially after bids from interested parties were made in December and Bezos was not reported among those involved. However, with Washington Commanders not getting any closer to a sale after that first round of bids, it seems Bezos is taking steps toward a possible offer of his own.
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On Thursday, Washington Post contributors Mark Maske and Liz Clarke reported that the man worth over $117 billion hired New York-based investment firm Allen & Company to serve as advisors on a potential bid for the Washington Commanders. The firm also handled the recent sale of the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.
In January, it was reported that Daniel Snyder and his wife Tanya preferred for Bezos to not be involved with a potential purchase due to his ownership of the Washington Post. Yet, in the end, Jeff Bezos may be the only individual with the financial means to meet Snyders reported asking price for the Commanders. Which is believed to be $7 billion — a record amount for a professional sports franchise.
Since it is believed that none of the December bids came near the insane asking price, which is well over two billion more than the Broncos sold for in 2022, the bidding war may be Bezos’ to lose.