• Loading stock data...
Wednesday, April 17, 2024
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -

Josh Harris’ Commanders Purchase Is Official

  • Harris' $6.05 billion purchase officially closed Friday, a day after NFL owners approved the deal.
  • Harris was joined by Magic Johnson and other co-owners at a fan event at FedEx Field.
Josh Harris
Washington Commanders

Not long before Josh Harris took the stage for his introductory news conference at FedEx Field on Friday, his purchase of the Washington Commanders officially closed.

Harris’ $6.05 billion acquisition was unanimously approved by NFL owners on Thursday, a vote that sent the D.C. area into celebration after 24 years under Dan Snyder, an era that saw one of the league’s marquee franchises slide into mediocrity and tumult.

“This is not going to be easy,” Harris said. “My job is to deliver an organization that can win. It’s on me and it’s on us up here. Our work begins today.”

Harris put together what could be the most complex bid in NFL history to purchase his childhood team at a world-record price for a sports team.

“I invest to win, and we want to change everything that has happened to this franchise,” said Magic Johnson, who joined some of his fellow co-owners on stage.

Earlier in the day, Johnson told NBC that “everything’s on the table” when asked about changing the team name, one of the many divisive decisions Snyder foisted on fans. Harris said a name change isn’t among the top priorities “right now.”

Harris also didn’t give any hints on his plans for a new stadium, something on which Snyder was unable to make headway as he and his now-former team became the target of multiple investigations.

One of those ongoing probes closed Thursday, when the NFL announced that it’s slapping a $60 million fine on Snyder as the latest league investigation corroborated allegations of sexual harassment and holding back revenue.

Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

To Sum Up Current Commanders, Coyotes Situations: It’s Complicated

The Commanders hire a Capitol Hill insider as the team continues its stadium pursuit.

The Yankees’ Radio Voice Retires, Ending an Era of Longevity

The longtime Yankees radio announcer was an industry outlier in many respects.

For Caitlin Clark and Other Rookies: Now a 29-Day Sprint to WNBA Debut

The league regular season starts swiftly after college basketball ends.

O.J. Simpson Lawyer Says He Won’t Shield Estate From Goldman, Brown Families

The executor of Simpson’s will had previously said the Goldmans would get ‘zero.’
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

Can MLS Get Bigger Than MLB?


Featured Today

Women’s Basketball Finally Has a TV Deal to Match the Excitement. Now What?

A lucrative new media-rights contract could rectify problems of the past, but the future of March Madness media rights is anyone’s guess.
Mar 16, 2024; Washington, D.C., USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack forward DJ Burns Jr. (30) cuts the net after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels for the ACC Conference Championship at Capital One Arena.
April 6, 2024

How Two College Seniors Helped DJ Burns Cash In on a Final Four Run

Two college seniors are facilitating deals for NC State’s big man.
Mar 31, 2024; Portland, OR, USA; NCAA officials measure the three point line while coaches from the Texas Longhorns and NC State Wolfpack watch with referees in the finals of the Portland Regional of the NCAA Tournament at the Moda Center center.
April 1, 2024

NCAA Has No One to Blame for Latest Women’s March Madness Transgressions

NCAA is still making avoidable mistakes three years after a complete overhaul.
Nov 16, 2015; Bloomington, IN, USA; General view of the championship banners at Assembly Hall prior to the game between Austin Peay and Indiana.
March 31, 2024

How to Make It in Basketball: Become a Manager at Indiana

Inside the Hoosiers’ unglamorous, profoundly rewarding incubator for basketball’s biggest names.


Powered By

Careers in Sports

Looking for a new job? Check out these featured listings and search for openings all over the world.
Multiple - USA Careers
Multiple - USA Careers
Dunham's Sports
Multiple - USA Careers

Salt Lake City About to Land NHL’s Coyotes (Minus Their Name)

Salt Lake City’s NHL franchise will have a new name.
April 10, 2024

WNBA Has New Commercial Partner: Over-the-Counter Birth Control

WNBA teams up with FDA-approved over-the-counter birth control.
Ken Goldin
April 10, 2024

Goldin Auctions Acquisition by eBay Sparks Showdown With Fanatics

The online giant acquires the prominent high-end sports memorabilia auction house.

Rapid Returns: How Technology Is Getting You Back to Your Seat

How Oracle’s POS technology is helping fans get back to their seats faster.
April 8, 2024

WNBA Commish Wants New Media-Rights Deal to Double Old One

The media-rights deal expires in 2025 to coincide with the Caitlin Clark effect.
April 4, 2024

WTA Finals Latest Sporting Event To Take Saudi Millions

Players can still wear normal attire, WTA says.
April 4, 2024

Taking a Toll: NYC Marathon Bridge Dispute Spotlights Debate Over Public Support for Sports

A local transportation authority demands money from organizers of the TCS New York City Marathon.
April 3, 2024

ATP-WTA Merger Talks Stalling Potential Tennis Expansion in U.S.

Saudi money could bring the tours together with a $2 billion bid.