By Lewis Gould
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to the media at the Super Bowl but there were no updates on the Commanders sale.
Snyder appears to be holding out for a $7 billion bid for the franchise, Front Office Sports reports.
The highest offer through the first round of bids closed in December was $6.3 billion. That would be a worldwide record for a sports franchise and $1.6 billion more than the Denver Broncos sold last year.
But that’s still below the rosy prognostications that the Commanders could fetch as much as $8 billion.
The rub is Snyder’s apparent unwillingness to sell to Bezos, who owns The Washington Post. The outlet exposed the toxic workplace claims and detailed a previously unknown harassment claim against Snyder in 2009. Snyder denied the allegations of harassment.
Since Snyder announced in November that he’d explore options with the team that could include a sale of the franchise he purchased for around $800 million in 1999, neither he nor the team has provided an update.
“Ultimately, if they reach a conclusion and have someone that will be joining the ownership group or buying the team entirely, that’s something that [NFL] ownership will look at,” Goodell said.
A source told FOS that there remains some concern around the league that Snyder may ultimately decide not to sell if he doesn’t get closer to $7 billion. But there’s still belief around the league that Snyder will sell most — if not all — of the team, especially since the potential sale has quelled the effort to remove Snyder.