There aren’t enough adjectives in the dictionary in order to describe the level of disaster that is the Washington Commanders.
On the field, the Commanders are a middling team that actually appears to be trending in the direction.
But away from the field, the organization is a downright embarrassment.
That’s due, almost entirely, to longtime team owner Daniel Snyder.
Snyder and the Commanders have come under fire and under investigation by both the NFL and United States Congress in the last year for its disgusting operating practices.
That’s led Snyder to explore a sale of the team. Big names such as Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Red Sox owner John Henry and Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris have been linked to a purchase.
Though there’s skepticism that Snyder actually intends to sell and some owners would prefer to find a way to force him out of the league.
Now that may be necessary.
Daniel Snyder Demands Legal Protection From NFL If He’s To Sell Washington Commanders
Mark Maske, Nicki Jhabvala and Liz Clarke of The Washington Post report that Snyder has a list of demands if he’s to sell. And his list is absolutely insane.
Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder and his attorneys have demanded that fellow NFL franchise owners and the league indemnify him against future legal liability and costs if he sells the team, two people with direct knowledge of the NFL’s inner workings and the owners’ attitudes said.
Put simply, Snyder knows he’s in deep trouble. Which is why he has a plan. He’ll gladly sell the Commanders. But in turn, he wants protection from the NFL on all legal fronts if he’s sued or charged.
But NFL owners are absurdly rich for a reason. And they’re not backing down to Snyder’s threats.
Snyder’s demands, which include a threat to sue if the indemnification condition is not met, have angered some owners and renewed discussion about the possibility of taking a vote to remove him from ownership of the Commanders if he does not sell the franchise, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic and the legal threat.
Many believed previously that the 24 votes needed to remove Snyder from his position weren’t there. But his latest demands may have changed that.
Like it or not, Daniel Snyder may be counting down the months as an NFL owner.