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NFL Rumors: Jeff Bezos Hasn't Bid for Commanders; No Offers Have Exceeded $6.3B

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 15, 2023

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 24: A detailed view of a helmet belonging to a Washington Commander player is seen on the field during pregame warm ups prior to the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos reportedly hasn't been that aggressive in bidding for the Washington Commanders.

According to A.J. Perez of Front Office Sports, none of the bids that were submitted ahead of the initial Dec. 23 deadline were higher than $6.3 billion. What's more, Bezos wasn't one of the potential buyers who put in a bid ahead of that first deadline.

Commanders owners Dan and Tanya Snyder announced in November they hired Bank of America to "consider potential transactions."

Perez noted there were estimates that the team could sell for a record $8 billion but pointed out Bezos may not have opened with a massive bid in an effort to avoid a costly bidding war. There is also apparently some concern from potential buyers that "getting public financing for a new stadium could be difficult."

Bezos has added a sort of celebrity component to the potential sale, as Sara Nathan and Michael Blinn of the New York Post reported in November that actor Matthew McConaughey was joining a group with the Amazon founder and Jay-Z.

Snyder's legal concerns loom over the entire process of the sale, as the Commanders have made plenty of headlines for much more than struggles on the football field the past handful of years.

Washington hired attorney Beth Wilkinson in 2020 to conduct an investigation—which the NFL eventually took over—that uncovered a culture of sexual harassment, bullying and more misconduct.

The Commanders were fined $10 million, and Dan Snyder was forced to give over day-to-day control to Tanya.

In December, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform released a report that determined Snyder evaded questioning and was "misleading" in his answers when forced to testify.

On the field, the Commanders haven't won a playoff game since the 2005 campaign and finished in last place this past season with an 8-8-1 record.