Jeff Bezos interested in bidding on Commanders, possibly with Jay-Z

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is interested in bidding on the Washington Commanders, according to a person familiar with the situation.

An offer from Bezos for the team could include music mogul Jay-Z as an investor, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity on Thursday, as the potential sale of the franchise is in the works. his beginnings.

“I don’t know if they’ll partner up,” the person said, adding that everyone was “interested.”

Bezos is the owner of The Washington Post. He has been mentioned as a potential owner of other NFL franchises, including the Seattle Seahawks.

Amazon currently offers the NFL “Thursday Night Football” package.

The news of Bezos’ interest was first reported by People.

Commanders said Wednesday that Daniel and Tanya Snyder, his wife and co-CEO of the franchise, had hired an investment bank to “review potential transactions” related to Commanders. The team did not say whether the Snyders intended to sell the entire franchise or a minority stake. A spokesman for the commanders said Wednesday: ‘We are exploring all options.

The review of a sale comes with Daniel Snyder and the team under investigation by the NFL, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the DC and Virginia attorneys general. Investigators with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia questioned witnesses about allegations of financial impropriety involving the team, several people familiar with the situation said Wednesday. The team denied committing financial malfeasance

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said last month that NFL team owners should seriously consider voting to remove Snyder from CO ownership.

Forbes estimated in August that the Commanders were worth $5.6 billion.

Bezos has an estimated net worth of $113.2 billion, according to Forbes, which currently ranks him as the fourth richest person in the world.

Other NFL owners in the past have expressed a strong desire to see Bezos buy a team.

“I’m sure it would ultimately be in everyone’s best interest if someone as community-oriented as him got involved in the Seattle situation,” said New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, in a 2019 interview with The Post.

Amazon became the exclusive national carrier for the Thursday night package as part of new NFL broadcast deals announced last year. Those contracts net the league more than $110 billion in rights fees over 11 years.

Bezos attended the Thursday night opener of the season hosted by Amazon — the Chiefs-Chargers game on Sept. 15 in Kansas City, Mo. — and sat alongside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for at least part of the game.

Jay-Z, whose first name is Shawn Carter, formed a partnership with the NFL in 2019 to make his agency Roc Nation a co-producer of the Super Bowl halftime show. He is a former co-owner of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets and has an estimated net worth of $1.3 billion, according to Forbes.

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