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Next Washington Commanders Owner Odds: Bezos No Longer Favorite

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Next Washington Commanders Owner Odds: Bezos No Longer Favorite

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Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder made a lot of headlines in the 2022 NFL season, and none of them were good.

Past allegations of workplace misconduct (including alleged sexual harassment, racism, witness intimidation and more) in the Washington organization put Snyder on the hot seat, and alleged financial malpractice put him on even looser ground among the other 31 NFL owners. 

In early November, after years of refusing to sell, Dan and Tanya Snyder announced they'd hired Bank of America to "consider potential transactions." It was the clearest indication yet that the Snyder family was seriously considering relinquishing their grip on the team.

And the hits kept coming. On Nov. 10, the district attorney for the District of Columbia filed a civil lawsuit against the Commanders, owner Dan Snyder, the NFL and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. AG Karl Racine alleged Snyder, the team (Commanders) and the league (NFL) violated the consumer rights of DC residents by covering up what they knew of the Commanders' workplace culture.

After the opening round of anonymous bids for the team, Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has updated his NFL futures odds on the Washington Commanders owner for next season. 

Washington Commanders Owner in 2023 Season

OwnerOddsImplied Probability
Harris/Rales Group+15040.0%
Behdad Eghbali Group+40020.0%
Todd Boehly+50016.7%
Jeff Bezos+60014.3%
John Henry Group+75011.8%
Daniel Snyder+10009.1%
The Field+11508.0%

Odds are projected and do not reflect odds that may be available at legal betting sites.

Snyder has been the black sheep of the NFL owners for many years. It started with a report of poor workplace conditions, before moving on to allegations that the Commanders hid ticket revenue from reports, thus lowering the amount they had to share with the rest of the league. The latter report started to really turn owners against Snyder. 

A fresh report in late February alleged that Snyder wants legal protection after selling, despite all the potential issues involving the sale. That move doubled down on the anger felt by his fellow owners. 

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An NFL owner can be voted out if 24 of the 31 other owners agree to such a move. So what’s the holdup? 

Snyder has reportedly vowed to make public an unspecified number of transgressions made by other billionaire NFL owners. If he’s going down, he’s taking others with him. And thus, despite all the issues the Commanders have had on Snyder’s watch, a vote to remove him hasn’t happened. Yet.

Colts owner Jim Irsay disrupted the rank and file prior to the recent owners meeting in October by admitting there was merit to removing Snyder. Snyder made his reported "threat" following those comments (he wasn't at the owners meeting; Snyder's wife Tanya, co-owner and co-CEO, attended instead) and those close to him have said he’ll never, ever sell. He even reportedly hired private investigators to dig up more dirt on his fellow owners. 

But apparently now he's at least considering a sale, for the hefty price of $7 billion. That $1-2 billion more than most valuations of the team but plenty of parties are still interested in bidding. So if Snyder finally goes, who steps in?

Potential New Washington Commanders Owner

Jeff Bezos is worth nearly $200 billion, so purchasing basically anything is within his reach. He wants to own his own team, and his dream team to own is, supposedly, these Commanders. If Snyder is forced to sell, nobody would win a bidding war with the founder of Amazon (who also owns the Washington Post). 

One potential massive hangup: Snyder's personal dislike for Bezos. The Washington Post, Bezos' paper, has been leading the charge on the allegations against Synder. The Commanders owner has reportedly even blocked the Amazon founder from bidding on the team. Would he continue to do so if Bezos makes far and away the highest offer? Some insiders believe Snyder simply won't sell the team to Bezos - no matter what. After months of being the favorite to purchase the NFL team, Bezos has fallen down our odds table.

Josh Harris has taken advantage. Harris already owns the Philadelphia 76ers and is a principal owner of Crystal Palace of the Premier League. He was prepared to make a bid of $5 billion for the Broncos before the heirs to Walmart pushed Harris out of the running. 

But now he's pulled the ultimate ace card, announcing a partnership with D.C. billionaire Mitchell Rales, the owner of Danaher Corporation, the largest company in town. Harris' net worth is estimated at $6.2 billion, Rales at $5.6 billion, creating a formidable co-ownership group with both local and pro sports ownership ties. 

Harris recently visited the Commanders' training facility, further pushing the idea he is serious about adding the team to his stable. Snyder's disdain toward Bezos makes Harris a strong frontrunner. 

Behdad Eghbali and Jose Feliciano, billionaire co-founders of Clearlake Capital, want to own an NFL team. They reportedly made a bid to own a sizeable chunk of the Commanders back in 2019, but Snyder blocked the move. They also planned to make a lead bid on the Broncos but that team went to the family owners of Walmart instead. 

The NFL has made it clear it would like more minority ownership, which would have given Eghbali and Feliciano an edge. Bezos was reportedly considering a partnership with mogul Jay-Z. He is labeled part owner of the Brooklyn Nets, though his share is just one percent. Jay-Z and Bezos would be a formidable combination.


Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly, who recently acquired Chelsea FC of the English Premier League, is a Maryland native and may be putting together his own team to add the Commanders to his portfolio. His interest is not totally known but he has the means to bid. He also has ties to Harris and to the Eghbali/Feliciano group, so he could join a bid team rather than lead one. 

Fenway Sports Group owner John Henry, who pays the checks for the Boston Red Sox and the Pittsburgh Penguins, also owns Liverpool FC of the English Premier League. He's selling that team for upwards of $5 billion - enough to take that cash and put in a solid bid for the Commanders? 

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The Field has several intriguing names and it’s always possible someone out of left field makes a huge offer. 

The diversity remit works for Byron Allen, who put in a bid when the Broncos were for sale and in August declared he’d buy the next available NFL franchise. 

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis was looking into buying the Nationals from Ted Lerner's family and is reportedly of the mindset to look at the Commanders as well. Lerner died on Feb. 13 at the age of 97. What that means for Leonsis and his future plans, or the Nationals' plans, is unknown. 

Steve Ballmer owns the Clippers and is the richest team owner in American sports, worth nearly $100 billion (he co-founded Microsoft). He examined possibly purchasing the Broncos, so his interest in joining the NFL ranks is there. He’s also working on plans for a $1.2 billion arena for the Clippers (and not the Lakers), and that level of stadium building would be welcomed in an NFL that’s still dealing with the hapless FedExField. 

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Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been established as one of the nation's premier handicappers, specializing in the NFL where he's hit on more than 60% over the past three years. Adam's NBA, PGA and horse racing picks have also produced major winners over the last 12 months. His customized NFL and NBA odds for players and teams have been picked up by hundreds of websites over the past year.