Jeff Bezos ‘is interested in buying NFL’s Seahawks’, with Amazon billionaire considering pivoting to Seattle franchise as Dan Snyder ‘looks to keep him away from Commanders’
Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has been linked to the Commanders for months, but the Washington franchise is reportedly not the only one he has a chance of owning.
Bezos was reportedly snubbed from Commanders owner Dan Snyder’s private auction, as the team’s longtime owner looks to keep Bezos from buying the team.
And while his dream of buying the Washington franchise could be dead, Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer has said he’d be interested in buying the Seahawks – ‘if not more so’ than the Commanders.
The team’s longtime owner, Paul Allen, passed away in 2018, with the team now owned by The Paul Allen Trust.
That trust is headed by Allen’s sister, Jody Allen, who serves as the team’s chairman.
Jeff Bezos is reportedly interested in buying the Seahawks after links to the Commanders
The Seahawks are owned by the Paul Allen Trust after he passed away in 2018
However, Colts owner and Allen’s friend Jim Irsay said last year the franchise could soon be up for sale, with Bezos now reportedly interested in buying the team.
‘Seattle – with Paul Allen my friend unfortunately passing away and that team is in a trust – is going to become available I’d imagine in the 2024 range,’ he told Bloomberg last year.
As for the Commanders, Snyder announced at the end of last year that he is exploring the possibility of selling the embattled team, in the wake of inquiries into sexual harassment, hostile workplace and fraud.
It was reported in the aftermath that Snyder values the franchise at around $7billion, and a deadline was set for last week for potential bidders to come forward in a private auction.
The New York Post reported that Bezos wanted to be a part of the process as he eyes a potential bid, but Snyder refused him entry to the auction and does not want to sell to the former world’s richest man.
Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder is holding out for $7billion for the franchise
The Commanders went 8-8-1 last season as they narrowly missed out on the NFL playoffs
It is claimed that Snyder holds a grudge against Bezos – who owns the Washington Post – after the newspaper published a series of articles exposing alleged misdemeanors at the Commanders.
Snyder denied the allegations of harassment.
In the private auction, is is understood Snyder did not receive any bids close to the $7m he is keen to recoup from the team he bought for a then-record $800m in 1999, with $5.5bn from an unnamed party the highest offer in the latest round of bidding.
At the turn of the year, it was reported that Snyder’s highest offer was $6.3bn from the initial auction, but the incumbent owner is still holding out for more.
Forbes currently lists Bezos’ net worth at $119bn, although his fortune matters little to the Commanders auction if he remains snubbed from the bidding process.
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