NFL denies report that Washington investigation recommends forcing a sale of team

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The NFL’s investigation of the Washington Football Team has created much speculation as to its conclusions and implications. On Friday morning, it has sparked a skirmish regarding a reported recommendation and the league’s denial of it.

According to 106.7 The Fan in D.C., the NFL’s 130-page report recommends that owner Daniel Snyder be forced to sell the team.

The league denies that. According to Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports, an NFL spokesman calls the report “absolutely false” and says that the league has received “no such report.”

Regardless of whether there’s a splitting of hairs or whether the report is indeed “absolutely false,” the investigation continues to loom over the franchise and the league. However it turns out, it’s critical for the NFL to make the report and all recommendations fully transparent. The issues are too important, and the lessons learned from the obvious misconduct in the organization (regardless of the consequences) will, or at least should, resonate throughout American workplaces.

27 responses to “NFL denies report that Washington investigation recommends forcing a sale of team

  1. All it takes is one more woman to come out against WFT, and he will definitely have to sell…

  2. in a capitalist society nobody should ever be forced to sell anything. yes snyder is a scumbag but once you start taking private entities away from people you are straddling a dangerous line

  3. “in a capitalist society nobody should ever be forced to sell anything. yes snyder is a scumbag but once you start taking private entities away from people you are straddling a dangerous line”

    Except it’s an NFL franchise. Like say McDonalds. And they have the right to revoke that franchise if they don’t like how it’s being run. Just as Snyder is free to start his own football league where he can call the shots.

  4. It’s really no wonder why so many people are struggling with their lives when you realize how many of them are focused on some NFL owner being forced to sell their team. Some of you should be forced to get help.

  5. “Except it’s an NFL franchise. Like say McDonalds. And they have the right to revoke that franchise if they don’t like how it’s being run. Just as Snyder is free to start his own football league where he can call the shots.”

    not as simple as that. mcdonalds has and owner (whoever kroc is) who approves franchises. washington owns as much of the nfl as any other team. so i would imagine it would be the other owners who would force snyder to sell.

  6. First of all, the behavior and actions, if substantiated, should result in serious penalties and discipline. But I don’t know why you think you are so important that you are entitled to all the information and full transparency. They owe you nothing. It’s their business (WFT and the NFL). I get the public optics may be better with full disclosure, but that is their choice. Publicly acknowledging a forced sale would likely reduce the value of the sale – which affects the perceived value of all other teams.

  7. “You cant get rid of a terrible owner that easily”

    Mike Brown is proof of that.

  8. Some people need an economics lesson. The US does not have a laissez-faire capitalist system. So even private businesses do have rules they need to follow.

    That being said, I have no idea what the NFL bylaws are regarding a “forced” sale. If there is nothing written within them, I’m sure Snyder will fight it in court for as long as he can.

    As a Washington fan, I really hope he sells the team. He is the main reason it’s been a disaster over the past 20 years.

  9. prophessor4 says:

    March 5, 2021 at 9:49 am

    “Except it’s an NFL franchise. Like say McDonalds. And they have the right to revoke that franchise if they don’t like how it’s being run. Just as Snyder is free to start his own football league where he can call the shots.”

    not as simple as that. mcdonalds has and owner (whoever kroc is) who approves franchises. washington owns as much of the nfl as any other team. so i would imagine it would be the other owners who would force snyder to sell.

    ———-
    Actually the problem is you tried to simplify. Yes there is an overall owner of McDonald’s but he does not run every location. Some locations are franchises that someone paid the franchise fee to run and yes they had to be approved beforehand BUT that doesnt mean once they start running it they can do whatever they want because if they did and it had a negative impact it would hurt the brand name which is exactly the case with the nfl.

  10. Danny if they force you to sell do not take a penny less than 2x what Tepper paid for the Panthers…and if its Bezos at least 6 billion.

  11. nydre4 says:
    March 5, 2021 at 9:56 am
    Jeff Bezos is intent on doing anything he can to force Snyder to sell to him

    ——

    They are clearly positioning him on-deck to take over. Bezos isn’t going to be satisfied with being a minority owner.

  12. Where there’s smoke, there are the disgruntled, greedy minority owners trying to cause trouble for Mr. Snyder.

  13. Unfortunately, wishing will not make it so. If this ever came up for a vote by fans of the Washington Football Team, Danny would lose by the biggest margin ever (I’m thinking he would get his vote and Theismann’s). I’m just hoping that one day his kids tell him they don’t want to run the team and he sells it. I will not hold my breath. By the way, for those of you who think the WFT management has turned a page, it has not. Rivera and the coaches have, but the old mentality in Ashburn is still there. Witness the deplorable communication, as usual, the WFT used to axe the cheerleaders.

  14. I agree with basis of everyone’s critiques of the comment about the comparison to McDonald’s, but there’s another, more important reason the comparison is nonsense: The NFL’s corporate status. While it’s true the NFL gave up its not-for-profit status and has begun paying taxes, don’t forget about the rediculous tax breaks the league and its owners still receive from federal, state, and local governments. Of course, companies like McDonald’s (and especially Amazon and Apple) work the tax system in ways both legal and illegal, but it’s not a stretch to say the NFL (and other leagues) receive preferential treatment from regulators–at the expense of citizens. Until the NFL plays on the same field as other corporations, there’s no “pro capitalist” argument to make.

  15. The problem with forcing a sale is that the other owners have to make sure their closets are clean as well. Colts/Pats/Browns owners have had their issues too.

  16. zaphod424242 says:
    nydre4 says:
    Jeff Bezos is intent on doing anything he can to force Snyder to sell to him
    ——
    They are clearly positioning him on-deck to take over. Bezos isn’t going to be satisfied with being a minority owner.
    ———————–

    It does feel that way, but why doesnt Mr Bezos just make Mr Snyder an offer he cannot refuse? I am sure Mr Bezos has the money.

  17. There’s no reason for the league to make the report public. It may leak from another owner or Snyder’s minority partners.

  18. Some mentioned private company, sure but he has 31 other partners. Additionally, nearly every team in the league has used taxpayer money in some form or fashion for some corporate welfare via stadium deals. So there is a public portion to this. It’s muddy waters for sure.

  19. On the forced sale issue and the legal ability to do so, it is ultimately an NFL ownership decision. I bet if you took a straw poll of NFL owners on whether they’d prefer Snyder out or in, and not necessarily on the actual vote him off the island scenario, the majority would just as soon have him out. I bet the same holds true with most WFT fans as well.

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