Report: Momentum builds toward trying to oust Daniel Snyder

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The NFL has tiptoed around Commanders owner Daniel Snyder in recent years. Soon, they could be trying to curb stomp him.

The Washington Post reports that the sentiment among team owners has “shifted significantly” as the league awaits the findings of both a Congressional investigation and an NFL-commissioned study conducted by Mary Jo White.

Per the Post, “multiple owners” have said in recent days that they believe “serious consideration” could be given to attempting to shed Snyder, “either by convincing him to sell his franchise or by voting to remove him.”

“He needs to sell,” an unnamed owner told the Post. “Some of us need to go to him and tell him that he needs to sell.” The same owner predicted that “there will be a movement” to dump Snyder.

“We need to get 24 votes,” the owner told the Post.

Indeed they do. But it may not be easy. While Snyder has few friends or allies, one of them is Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Jones could lead the charge to ensure that seven others join Jones and Snyder in opposing an involuntary effort to push Snyder out, after more than 20 years in charge. Other owners could align with that effort, given a concern about the setting of a precedent that could be used in time against them.

The organization understandably has attempted to focus on the present and future, not the past. It’s not surprising, then, that Commanders president Jason Wright would issue this statement to the Post: “We are making important progress on a cultural transformation to ensure our workplace is inclusive and safe for all. The League has publicly recognized our efforts, and independent experts regularly examining our journey on this accord have confirmed this progress. We are relentlessly focused on continuous improvement at every level of the organization so that we can be a gold standard organization in all facets.”

That glosses over, as the team always does, the question of whether Snyder engaged in misconduct, the extent of it, and what the proper consequences should be. The league and the team consistently and stubbornly have hidden that information from public view.

On July 1, 2021, the league announced the punishment imposed on the organization as a result of attorney Beth Wilkinson’s 11-month investigation. The league did not disclose any findings regarding Snyder’s conduct or Wilkinson’s recommendations for handling him. PFT confirmed earlier this year a report from 106.7 The Fan in D.C. that Wilkinson would have recommended that the league force Snyder to sell, if she had been asked to reduce her recommendations to writing.

The resistance to act against Snyder could change with the White investigation, or with the Oversight Committee’s ongoing probe.

In May, Jarrett Bell of USA Today reported that some owners were counting votes toward the magic number of 24. PFT reported in February that the allegations resulting in White’s follow-up investigation could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

Still, the league likely has opted to tread lightly for a reason. If Snyder’s alleged misdeeds result in Snyder being forced out, other owners could face similar allegations and eventual predicaments. Also, Snyder likely would refuse to go, using litigation in any court of competent jurisdiction to fight his partners. He likewise could choose to share details of similar behavior regarding other owners to the media, if such evidence exists and if Snyder is privy to it.

Some owners apparently don’t care. Whether that number reaches a critical mass of two dozen remains to be seen.

42 responses to “Report: Momentum builds toward trying to oust Daniel Snyder

  1. Jones is one of Snyder’s allies because the NFC East has been a three team division since Snyder has owned the team. Jerry doesn’t want a competent owner in that market.

  2. Jerry would definitely vote to keep Snyder around… Since he’s an owner that’s even more inept than he is. Lol 🤗

  3. What is this country coming to. You don’t take away someone’s business because a guy is an idiot, fool, douche bag or runs it poorly.

  4. Even if the other owners don’t know much about the mistreatment of employees in the organization, they should be righteously upset about the reports of Snyder ripping them off for their shares of visiting revenues.
    I don’t even know how Jerry Jones could look past that.

  5. What is this country coming to. You don’t take away someone’s business because a guy is an idiot, fool, douche bag or runs it poorly.

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    You don’t know how franchises work.
    If you own a KFC, Wendy’s or any business that has a parent corporation, they can certainly take it from you if you run it into the ground.

  6. I wonder if seeing the NBA effectively muscle out Sarver, and the Celtics suspend coach Udoka for a year put a bit of spine into some NFL owners to clean house. Only time will tell.

  7. Dan has been investigated like 7 times now over the years and nothing has come out of any investigation. Clearly a witch hunt at this point.

  8. This has to be a LINE in Vegas on this. I would say the owners won’t do it because of all the litigation Dan will throw at them . Not to mention the dirty laundry he must have on them. Dan got rid of the name and logo to play along . TAKE the UNDER, it won’t happen

  9. The NFL needs to clean up the ownership groups. Nobody is perfect,… I get that,… but what some of these owners have done is over the top.
    The NFL won’t put up with a player doing it,…. then don’t be hypocritical and allow owners to get away with it.

  10. itsouryear says:
    September 24, 2022 at 12:25 pm
    What is this country coming to. You don’t take away someone’s business because a guy is an idiot, fool, douche bag or runs it poorly.
    —————
    Poor you! You haven’t a clue to NFL rules and bylaws. Its not like he’s be forfeiting any money upon the sell of the team.

  11. mackcarrington says:

    You don’t know how franchises work.
    If you own a KFC, Wendy’s or any business that has a parent corporation, they can certainly take it from you if you run it into the ground.
    ——————–
    You dont really think the nfl is a franchise like a KFC do you? It runs nothing like a franchise fast food joint.

    And how on earth is Dan running it into the ground? His teams have made the playoffs and have had better records more lately than other teams.

  12. I’m just saying the Jeff bozos owned Washington post is reporting this, the same guy whose trying to buy the team. Not saying Snyder a good guy, just sayin.

  13. If the players wanted him to be out he’d be out. Unlike the nba where players stood up loudly and quickly over the penalties given to Sarver the players on the nfl seemed fine with Snyder not being pushed out which is why he hasn’t been.

  14. 50Stars says:

    September 24, 2022 at 1:44 pm

    mackcarrington says:

    You don’t know how franchises work.
    If you own a KFC, Wendy’s or any business that has a parent corporation, they can certainly take it from you if you run it into the ground.
    ——————–
    You dont really think the nfl is a franchise like a KFC do you? It runs nothing like a franchise fast food joint.

    And how on earth is Dan running it into the ground? His teams have made the playoffs and have had better records more lately than other teams

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    The teams do 100% run like a franchise fast food joint. Whether buying a team or a location of a KFC you agree to the rules and bylaws set by the parent company that oversees it and you can lose your franchise by damaging the public image of that corporation hence why it’s not just the highest bid to obtain a team they have to be vetted as well(hmmm just like a place like KFC would). Hurting the image of a company doesnt necessarily mean your location wasnt successful/wasnt making money. Seems you need to take at least 1 business class before getting back in this conversation.

  15. When you keep bring in hasbeens for bigggg money you win a few games but you don’t improve to an elite team. Its time to send him packing, and get some competent football people in place to draft and build a good team, status quo is not my idea of a good team.

  16. If I was a Commanders fan, I would hope any opportunity to oust Snyder succeeds. He’s run the team into the ground. They are a perennial non-threat.

    Second, people lose their minds if they think there is a chance someone could “lose their business.” Yes, if you break the law, or your behavior violates the bi-laws of an association (that you yourself approved or re-affirmed), you most certainly can – and should – lose your business.

    And, let’s be honest, he’s bad for the business of the NFL. Removing him would be a smart business decision by the other owners. He’ll get paid billions, so it’s not like he’s leaving empty-handed.

  17. To set the record straight, the Washington franchise has not been run successfully since Snyder acquired the club in 1999. Since 2000 the club record is a cumulative 146 – 206 – 1. They’ve made the playoffs only 5 times in 22 years, the last 4 losing in the wildcard game. If you think making the playoffs 5 times in 22 years is “good”, 14 teams out of 32 (44%) make the playoffs every year. That means that in 22 years, on average a club should be in the playoffs 9.6 times. Washington has clearly been well below average.
    However, incompetence typically doesn’t get an owner booted, especially not out of the NFL where all franchises have soared in value because of the league’s overall popularity. Lots of unsavory behavior can get an owner booted though – it’s just not good for the league’s image. Snyder is the Prince Andrew of the NFL.

  18. Let’s say for the sake of argument that he’s ousted: after only one year as the Commanders, wouldn’t the new owner be inclined to completely rebrand anything and everything to detach the franchise from Snyder?

  19. What is this country coming to. You don’t take away someone’s business because a guy is an idiot, fool, douche bag or runs it poorly.

    ***

    The team isn’t solely “his” business. Remember, NFL owners are partners, not competitors, and any long-term incompetence at one team devalues *every* owner’s business.

  20. The only reason Snyder still owns the team is the other owners are scared of what he has on them. They don’t care about winning they care about money and a sale of Washington would give them a giant check. Im sure there is plenty sexual misconduct among them. Especially the two most powerful owners Jerry Jones( who allowed his pervy friends to take creepy photos of his own daughter) and Robert Kraft. Any of them could have also said something reckless about the Kaepernick, Concussions, or the Flores suits. They fear what Snyder would say if backed into a corner.

  21. watchoutnfl says:
    September 24, 2022 at 3:56 pm
    To set the record straight, the Washington franchise has not been run successfully since Snyder acquired the club in 1999. Since 2000 the club record is a cumulative 146 – 206 – 1. They’ve made the playoffs only 5 times in 22 years.

    To compare them to their division rivals:
    Dallas Cowboys- 8 playoff appearances during that same time span.
    New York Giants- 8 playoff appearances, 3 Super Bowl appearances, 2 titles.
    Philadelphia Eagles- 14 playoff appearances, 2 Super Bowl appearances, 1 title.
    So yes, they’ve been extremely poorly run during Sndyer’s reign of error. And the only reason Jerrah wouldn’t want to see him go would be that he’d be recognized as the biggest failure in the division with him gone.

  22. Nope, not happening in your wildest dreams. He already changed the name and the logo that’s enough he’s not going anywhere

  23. juddgr says:
    September 24, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    When you keep bring in hasbeens for bigggg money you win a few games but you don’t improve to an elite team. Its time to send him packing, and get some competent football people in place to draft and build a good team, status quo is not my idea of a good team.

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    Not being good at fielding a winning team is not grounds to oust an owner.

  24. I don’t know, I am no fan of Snyder or the owners in general, but unless you can prove clearly that he did violate certain rules to such an extent that he should be removed, then fine. But this seems like people just don’t like him and want mob justice. Feels kind of un-American to me, but we’ve been living in this environment for quite some time now…

  25. @itsouryear. He likely took money from fellow owners. So it’s not just about him running the team poorly.

  26. This reminds me of the fight vs Trump… try something and it doesn’t work try something else. If that doesn’t work try something else.

  27. You want to get enough votes to force Snyder to sell? Force the owners to make their votes public. I guaranty they wouldn’t want to be seen supporting Snyder.

  28. remizak says:
    September 24, 2022 at 1:00 pm
    I wonder if seeing the NBA effectively muscle out Sarver, and the Celtics suspend coach Udoka for a year put a bit of spine into some NFL owners to clean house. Only time will tell.

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    This Right Here!! 1st thought that popped into my head was isn’t this impeccable timing that the NFL is gonna step up the pressure to oust Snyder as the NBA SWIFTLY put Sarver out to pasture with little to no Ownership backlash.

  29. bfindeisen says:
    September 24, 2022 at 6:07 pm
    I don’t know, I am no fan of Snyder or the owners in general, but unless you can prove clearly that he did violate certain rules to such an extent that he should be removed, then fine. But this seems like people just don’t like him and want mob justice. Feels kind of un-American to me, but we’ve been living in this environment for quite some time now…——————–
    I’m sure there are rules against stealing from other owners and sexual harassment. Not to mention the very sex trafficy vibe with forcing the cheerleaders to perform for men outside the country and confiscating their passports. He has tarnished the shield constantly and his organization has been an embarrassment off the field as much as on. Somebody has to answer for it. And if the sponsors start to protest with their dollars then he is gone. The owners only care about money and Snyder is hurting the bottom line.

  30. I love these threads. Everybody needs a business degree on here. And I love the guy above who listed other owners be forced to sell…. My favorite in the list, Jeff Lurie? Are you completely nuts? You clearly know nothing about football owners. From all I’ve read that dude is one of the best owners in the league.

  31. Unless Jimmy Haslem is also being brought up to be replaced then it is meaningless. He is by far, without question the dirtiest and most corrupt owner in the NFL and should lose the privilege of owning a team.

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