Jeff Bezos? Investment firms? Watching Who Could Possibly Buy Commanders From Dan Snyder

ASHBURN – If the Washington Commanders are indeed on the market, there will be no shortage of potential buyers, if recent trends in major sports franchises continue. Especially when it comes to the NFL.

Commanders announced Wednesday that Dan and Tanya Snyder had hired a banking company to explore “potential transactions,” including a sale.

Forbes reported that Dan Snyder has already taken four calls from groups interested in buying the team. The financial news site estimated in August that the team was worth $5.6 billion, a valuation boosted by the above expected $4.65 billion the Denver Broncos fetched on the open market earlier. This year.

Here’s a look at who might be in the running for commanders:

Jeff Bezos, Amazon: Bezos, it seems, is regularly linked to any NFL team put up for sale. But Front Office Sports reported on Wednesday that Bezos would be the “leading candidate” if the commanders were sold. The third-richest man in the world, Bezos already has ties to the area as he owns the Washington Post, owns a mansion in the district and brought Amazon headquarters to Arlington, Virginia. Earlier this season, Bezos was seen sitting next to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a Chargers-Chiefs game.

Behdad Eghbali and Jose Feliciano, Clearlake Capital: In 2020, Eghbali and Feliciano reportedly reached an agreement to buy the 40% stake from the team’s three (now former) minority partners for $900 million. But Snyder, who had the right of first refusal, rejected the offer and bought out the partners for $875 million instead. Could they be interested in pursuing the commanders again? Their investment group also sued the Broncos and would like to buy an NFL team.

Byron Allen, actor: The NFL has been open about the league’s need for various owners. And Allen, who is black, fits that profile. He led a group that made an offer on the Broncos and after missing out on Denver, Allen told TMZ Sports he’s “very confident we’ll have the next one” up for sale. “When you lose to the richest family in the world, it’s not a bad day at the office,” Allen said, referring to Walmart heir Rob Walton’s purchase of the Broncos.

Josh Harris, Alpha Global Management: Harris already owns two other professional sports franchises as he is the majority owner of the New Jersey Devils of the NHL and the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. His investment group sued the Broncos, even going as far as Hall of Fame point guard Magic Johnson to join the offer. Harris, like Bezos, is regularly linked with potential sales. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s interested in Commanders.

Ted Leonsis, Monumental Sports and Entertainment: Leonsis, the owner of the Washington Wizards, Capitals and Mystics, would be a favorite for the Washington Nationals of MLB. But if that deal falls through — and Nationals television rights complications make a deal messy — what about the commanders? In 2019, Leonsis told The Washington Times that he was focusing on Monumental. “Dan, when we won the Stanley Cup, wrote me a really nice personal note and sent me a big bottle of champagne,” Leonsis said at the time. “He was always very, very kind and supportive, and I can’t wait to return the favor when they win a Super Bowl.” It doesn’t seem to be happening under Snyder’s watch.

Mark Walter and Todd Boehly, Los Angeles Dodgers: Walter and Boehly led a group that pursued the Broncos, but were outbid. But Los Angeles Dodgers owners have been busy buying sports teams elsewhere – buying Chelsea from the English Premier League earlier this year and a minority stake in the Los Angeles Lakers in 2021.

Robert F. Smith, Founder of Vista Equity Partners: Goodell put “enormous pressure” on Smith, the richest black man in the country, to bid for the Broncos, according to the New York Post. But Smith was outbid by Walton. Would he be interested in another team? The venture capitalist is from Denver.