Daniel Snyder’s fine, “suspension” reconfirm that owners don’t suffer the same consequences as others

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Commissioner Roger Goodell’s Tuesday press conference included several (but given the nature and length of the session not nearly enough) questions about the Washington Football Team investigation. Here’s one of the questions he fielded: “Has Dan Snyder been held accountable adequately in your opinion and is there more to be done there?”

Said Goodell, in part: “I do think he’s been held accountable . . . and I think we did an unprecedented fine. Dan Snyder has not been involved with the organization for now almost four months.”

Snyder is a multibillionaire, who now owns 100 percent of a franchise that (thanks to the ongoing gambling explosion) will in not much time be worth in the neighborhood of $10 billion. And while the fine itself may be “unprecedented,” Saints coach Sean Payton lost an amount in the general neighborhood of $10 million when he endured a full-season suspension for the bounty scandal in 2012.

For Payton, it was a suspension not a fine. But the suspension wipe out Payton’s entire earnings for a full year. Snyder won’t lose a penny of his revenue from owning an NFL team, whether it’s ticket sales or TV money or anything else he makes.

Even when an owner is suspended (like Colts owner Jim Irsay was in 2014), the owner doesn’t lose his income. Here, Snyder was not suspended. Even though Goodell said Snyder “has not been involved with the organization for now almost four months,” Snyder has been attending games. He’s just not running the team. His wife, with whom he presumably lives and regularly communicates, has been running the team in his place. With no input or recommendations (eye roll emoji) from him.

So while Snyder has had some accountability for the situation in Washington, it’s not nearly close to what it should have been. Indeed, if the factual findings made by attorney Beth Wilkinson had come to light, Snyder quite possibly would have had to sell the team.

That’s why they refuse to release the information. That’s why they’re hiding behind the righteous notion that they’re protecting current or former employees of the Washington Football Team. That’s why they’ll surely resist any and all efforts by Congress to get to the truth.

The truth is out there. But the NFL can’t handle the truth. And that’s the truth. Because the truth will literally set Dan Snyder free — from the realities of owning an NFL franchise.

31 responses to “Daniel Snyder’s fine, “suspension” reconfirm that owners don’t suffer the same consequences as others

  1. John Gruden took one for the WFT by giving up his current job and entire football career.

  2. The original owners are all turning over in thier graves with the pure greed these modern owners display(and commissioner).

  3. When does an owner ever suffer consequences equivalent to their employees? This doesnt happen in any industry, let alone professional sports. I have seen top executives of companies be reassigned to temporary roles for 6 months before leaving an organization, when someone at a lower level would have been fired for the same things. I will say, where Snyder has not been an effective owner – based on the people he has chosen to run his organization, and the performance of his team on the field, I think incompetence can be proven, but I am not sure criminal behavior can be. Wanting him to be guilty of criminal behavior doesnt make it so. Sometimes people just aren’t good at their jobs. Daniel Snyder is a perfect example.

  4. A bunch of greed/power-obsessed sociopaths in charge of a multi-billion dollar corporation now being asked to tell the truth. What could go wrong?

  5. Been arguing this for years. Goodell only “protects the shield” when there is player wrongdoing. Remember Kraft on videotape getting his “massage”? Roger did nothing. He’s a fraud and a scapegoat. Do any of the other league commissioners in the history of their sports get booed every year at their draft? Speaks volumes.

  6. A criminal act by the NFL took down Gruden and has attempted to cripple the RAIDERS.

    These criminals need to be held accountable…for once.

  7. Some how they need to force Snyder to sell this team. He’s made a complete mess of this organization.

  8. I have no problem with the way the NFL handles these issues. They seem to be doing a much better job than the rest of society, and should actually be used as an example. Go put a secret recorder in the board room of all Fortune 500 companies, and then come back and tell me how awful Dan Snyder is. Seriously. I’m not defending Snyder. I’d be tempted to drive right past him if he were stranded in the desert. But overall, the NFL does a great job, and is a great roll model. Think of all the money they donate to charities. The teams and the individual players.

  9. This was the same situation with spy gate, Goodell’s job is to protect the shield. But the issues that are in those emails are beyond an internal matter as they’re issues of musconduct,especially when a lot of the stadiums were tax payer funded.

  10. nyfootballgiants says:
    October 27, 2021 at 10:28 am
    When does an owner ever suffer consequences equivalent to their employees? This doesnt happen in any industry, let alone professional sports. I have seen top executives of companies be reassigned to temporary roles for 6 months before leaving an organization, when someone at a lower level would have been fired for the same things. I will say, where Snyder has not been an effective owner – based on the people he has chosen to run his organization, and the performance of his team on the field, I think incompetence can be proven, but I am not sure criminal behavior can be. Wanting him to be guilty of criminal behavior doesnt make it so. Sometimes people just aren’t good at their jobs. Daniel Snyder is a perfect example.

    The difference being that if Congress came after your traditional business owner and asked for information… 99.9% would comply. Goodell thinks the shield is above reproach.

    Keep pushing Florio… real change starts at the top

  11. It’s not Goodell’s fault, he’s just doing his job. It’s why he gets paid like he does. But we’re not talking about a “massage” here, we’re talking about 40 employees registering formal complaints. That must have been an extremely ugly work environment, because that number of employees speaking up just doesn’t happen. And if 40 spoke up, there were many more who didn’t.

    The other part of this is that Snyder’s behavior (and OF COURSE Snyder was involved or he wouldn’t have been “removed from running the team” *eye roll*) led to the investigation where the NFL now has plenty of information that could harm plenty of other owners and top executives.

    The NFL has to placate Snyder because he must have dirt on other owners, which is why they won’t release anything.

  12. Of course the Commissioner goes lighter on the owners. The Commissioner is the Owners’ hand picked enforcer. They picked him, and they can get rid of him. Also, for every judgement that the owners hold over one of their brethren, they realize that judgements may come their way also.

  13. Yeah, & whoever thought they would suffer the same??!!
    Billionaire vs millionaire….. I can predict that outcome 10 outa 10 times….

  14. Roger knows who butters his bread. When will spineless, powerful men grow up and do what’s honest and right for a change? Yes, magical thinking, I know.

  15. evhfan316 says:
    October 27, 2021 at 10:36 am
    Been arguing this for years. Goodell only “protects the shield” when there is player wrongdoing. Remember Kraft on videotape getting his “massage”? Roger did nothing. He’s a fraud and a scapegoat. Do any of the other league commissioners in the history of their sports get booed every year at their draft? Speaks volumes.

    —————

    Not here to defend Goodell, but he’s not alone in getting booed. The current commissioners of the NHL (Gary Bettman) and MLB (Rob Manfred) are regularly booed heartily when they appear in front of fans. Bettman has been for decades.

  16. The best thing about doing literally nothing to the WFT is that the owner will be allowed to continue to run the franchise into the ground year after year after year.
    It would really suck to be a fan of the WFT as Synder is a pathetic owner.

  17. I’m glad you’re keeping this story on the front burner. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire – and there’s a LOT of smoke here.

  18. It’s HIS TEAM! He shouldn’t be able to be suspended from his own team. He shouldn’t be forced to sell HIS team. Let the public and free market handle his discipline. If players and fans refuse to engage with WFT, it will take care of itself. And congress getting involved is absolute garbage.

  19. Here’s what I don’t get: Jerry Richardson had to sell his team for what, on the surface, seem to be similar offenses. Why was the punishment for him different than what Snyder is getting?

  20. Billionaires don’t have to play by the same rules as the rest of us?
    Who would have possibly guessed that?
    The NFL exists for one reason. To make 32 owners as much money as possible. The individual contests just for that reason. Every member of every team exists for that reason. And, every fan spends a dime on any of it is a fool.

  21. Congress asking for information doesnt mean you are forced to provide it. Especially if it is a fishing expedition. Congress does have subpoena powers, but to use them, there has to be evidence that there is criminal activity there. There is no such evidence out there. They want to see the files so they can see if there is criminal activity. No one ever invites oversight agencies in – because when you do, they may start in one place, but you have no control where they go next. So even If there is no criminal activity in the emails, allowing access could cause investigations into other areas.

    Once again, wanting there to be criminal activity doesnt mean it happened.

    badrobot74 says:
    October 27, 2021 at 11:16 am

    The difference being that if Congress came after your traditional business owner and asked for information… 99.9% would comply. Goodell thinks the shield is above reproach.

    Keep pushing Florio… real change starts at the top

  22. Opinion based upon speculation and not fact. Not a WFT fan or Snyder fan. Owners are normally criticized for exerting too much control, they should let the football guys like Bruce Allen run the show. That is what Snyder did with Bruce Allen and what he did with Joe Gibbs.Is anybody questioning Joe Gibbs? He also had his minority partners try to take over the team, a most likely source of some of the smoke. Bruce Allen received the disgusting emails and did nothing to rebut them. In fact the emails in question were used by Snyder in a lawsuit. Does not seem like he tried to hide them. As dis-likable as some may find the public persona of Mr. Snyder that does not alone make him culpable of anything.

  23. The day a billionaire suffers the same consequences as an employee will be the day I’ll be flying to the moon under my own power. “Consequences” aren’t a thing when you have that kind of money.

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