Report: Daniel Snyder can’t resume control of WFT without approval from Roger Goodell

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The strangest aspect of Thursday’s action against the Washington Football Team comes from the status of owner Daniel Snyder.

The statement announcing the $10 million fine and other financial punishment explains, in the 28th of 29 paragraphs, that co-owner Tanya Snyder will manage the operations of the team on a day-to-day basis and represent the team at league meetings, indefinitely. Both the league and the team insist that this measure was voluntary, even though the statement from the league does not say that.

Frankly, it feels negotiated. A quit-in-lieu-of-being-fired outcome that allowed Snyder to avoid the indignity of being suspended, but while still as a practical matter being suspended. A deal made as part of the broader resolution of the situation, so that there would be no appeals or acrimony or litigation.

Reinforcing that view is a new report from Mark Maske of the Washington Post, who says that Commissioner Roger Goodell “must approve Daniel Snyder’s return to daily control.”

In the interim, Snyder may attend games, and he can seek new investors for the team. Also, and as mentioned in the release, he will be working on efforts to build a new stadium. But he can’t resume control of the team without Goodell’s approval.

Snyder technically agreed to that on a voluntary basis. Common sense suggests he had no choice but to volunteer.

14 responses to “Report: Daniel Snyder can’t resume control of WFT without approval from Roger Goodell

  1. I is beyond comprehension that Snyder has had the control of his business taken from him. That is some third world stuff. It is just another in a growing list of things that make me want to watch sports less in general and the NFL in specific. Shame on you Goodell.

  2. In other words, the billionaire class once again creates the illusion of accountability but it’s all theater and nothing has actually changed.

  3. I honestly think the NFL wants Mr Snyder to sell the WFT and I think they already have new ownership in mind.

  4. Snyder is a borderline scumbag, but he owns an NFL be team. Not sure if it’s up to Roger, insofar as the immediate future of the franchise? Coach Rivera, you have my sympathies

  5. Ok so this whole huge thing was all just “you can’t fire me cuz I put my wife in charge and quit”

  6. Allow me to calibrate that headline to reality: “When Daniel Snyder resumes control of WFT it will be with approval from Roger Goodell”

  7. tj12205 says:
    July 1, 2021 at 9:45 pm
    I honestly think the NFL wants Mr Snyder to sell the WFT and I think they already have new ownership in mind.
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    The NFL is about 15 years behind the fans in wanting Snyder to sell.

  8. Come on, let’s get real. Dan isn’t running the team, but the woman sitting across the breakfast table from him is? The woman who has zero experience running a huge organization is now running one while her husband just sits next to her quietly munching his corn flakes? Please. Dan is running the team. His wife is a flimsy decoy and nobody is being punished but the fans.

  9. This decision has much the same feel as when Paul Tagliabue suspended Eddie Debartolo Jr. for his conviction of felony bribery in Louisiana. Eddie transferred his ownership to his sister Denise and never got it back.

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