Thursday December 7, 2023

Bezos Could Face Obstacles Before Buying Commanders

  • Jeff Bezos may have to sell the Washington Post to get Commanders' owner Dan Snyder to agree to a sale, according to the New York Post.
  • Snyder reportedly holds a grudge over the Post's reporting on harassment claims against him.
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Jeff Bezos may have to choose between the Washington, D.C., area’s football team and its most revered newspaper, according to the New York Post.

Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder may be unwilling to sell the team to Bezos while he still owns the Washington Post.

  • Snyder may hold a grudge against Bezos over the paper’s coverage of sexual harassment claims against the owner.
  • A party interested in buying the Washington Post told the New York Post that they believe the paper will be sold.
  • Spokespeople for Bezos and the Washington Post denied that the paper was for sale. Sources close to the matter told Front Office Sports that they doubted the paper will change hands.
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While Bezos’ presence has lingered throughout the sale process, sources told FOS that he didn’t place a bid by the first deadline to do so. However, he has previously hinted at interest in buying the team and could still enter the fray.

None of the six submitted bids topped $6.3 billion, per sources. The team has been tight-lipped on how much, if any, will be sold, but bidders are confident that Snyder will offload a controlling stake in the team. 

Clearlake Capital co-founders Behdad Eghbali and José Feliciano, as well as Fenway Sports Group principal owner John Henry, could be interested. Los Angeles Dodgers, Lakers, Sparks, and Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly has reportedly pulled out of the race.

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