Will Jeff Bezos scare away other Commanders bidders?

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has a net worth of nearly $120 billion. It allows him to easily be the highest bidder for the Commanders, if he decides to do whatever it takes to get the team.

It’s fair to wonder, then, whether Bezos will scare away other bidders?

The Washington Post reports that other potential buyers are currently jockeying to be the fallback option, in the event that Bezos bows out or sets a hard ceiling on what he’s willing to pay.

Bezos, who own the newspaper that published the story, recently was approached regarding the situation.

“I can’t talk about it,” Bezos said. Which makes his interest in the team obvious. If he wasn’t thinking about buying the Commanders, there would be nothing to not talk about.

Appearing Monday on CNN, Bezos continued to say just enough to make it clear that he’s interested.

“Yes, I’ve heard that buzz,” Bezos said.

“I do like football,” his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, interjected. “I’m just going to throw that out there for everyone.”

“There’s not much I can say about that right now,” Bezos said. “But she does like football.”

Bezos also called football his favorite sport.

If Bezos can create the impression that he’ll outbid any other interested purchasers, he could actually get the team for a better price. Earlier this year, PFT reported that Josh Harris would have paid $5 billion for the Broncos, if he could have acquired the team for that amount. He was concerned that the Walton-Penner group would outbid $5 billion, so Harris bowed out. And the Walton-Penner group got the team for $4.65 billion.

The difference in this case is that it’s not a given the Commanders will be sold. Dan Snyder reportedly wants $7 billion. While it will be very difficult for him to walk back his stated intention to explore all options, Bezos ultimately may not be negotiating against other potential buyers but directly against Snyder.

Unless Bezos is willing to simply shrug his shoulders and to commit $7 billion to the transaction, with limited chunks of the team sold to people like Jay-Z and Matthew McConaughey.

48 responses to “Will Jeff Bezos scare away other Commanders bidders?

  1. Do billionaires scare?

    I thought the whole point of obscene wealth is to do whatever you please without serious consequence.

  2. Nobody truly interested with billions to spend is going to be scared away. Even if they lost they’d get a kick out of driving up the price and making Bezos break the bank.

  3. Bezos is the type of guy who would buy the Commanders with straight cash and then force DC and taxpayers to pay for half or more of a new stadium.

  4. mogogo1 says:

    Nobody truly interested with billions to spend is going to be scared away. Even if they lost they’d get a kick out of driving up the price and making Bezos break the bank.

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    Bezos could gain or lose the asking price of the Commanders on a volatile trading day. There are not too many people he would deem as a threat in the bidding process.

  5. therealraider says:
    November 17, 2022 at 10:09 am
    They aren’t for sale.. republicans control Congress.
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    Not until next year.

  6. Still can’t quite understand why he’s not waiting for the Seahawks?

  7. cnc33 says:
    November 17, 2022 at 10:20 am
    Bezos is the type of guy who would buy the Commanders with straight cash and then force DC and taxpayers to pay for half or more of a new stadium.
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    No owner has ever forced the taxpayers or a municipality to pay for a new stadium. City leaders, elected by the taxpayers, made those decisions all on their own. If there was a perceived threat of a team moving, those leaders always had the option of saying “go ahead, leave”.

  8. I like Bezos as an owner cause his ego wont let him bow down to the shield and be another owner who’s team is a substantial part of their net worth. He has fu money and that is cool. I am not a fan of bezos especially if you look at his past, his ex wife was thr brains of the operation from when they worked at goldman to starting amazon, she should be buying the team and have the 1st womam to buy an nfl team. i said it before and will say it again, i think the nfl will change the rules for team ownership to allow a minority person to buy a team. schneider is not a fan of the washington post, and his ego may not let him sell to bezos even for 7 bill, he may spite bezos and sell to that ex comedian and magic johnson for 5 bill if the leguae changes the rules and % for a majority owner, selling to a minority may even help schneider’s image going fwd??

  9. People that are part of Bezos’ entourage just need to leak that unless you’re coming to the poker table with 10 billion, you can expect to be three-bet and re-raised into dust. That’ll scare them away…

  10. I would think there is more long term potential with Washington than in Seattle because of the stadium situation. Bezos buys the team and he’ll probably have multiple options for a new stadium either in the DC area or Virginia. He is also sort of buying low on the Commanders. For years and years it was the second-highest valued NFL team. I think now, if you go by the Forbes numbers, they are clearly behind Dallas, New England, the Rams, the Giants, and in the same value range as the Jets, Bears, Niners and Raiders…

  11. The NFL wants the “Dan Snyder” problem to go away. Bezos might want to buy the Commanders and probably does want Sunday Ticket. The best way for this to happen is for Bezos to require the NFL to award Amazon Sunday Ticket if he agrees to buy the Commanders and makes the “Dan Snyder” problem go away.

  12. If I were Snyder I would tell Bezos $10B and throw in the Washington Post. Then I would have the Post writers make up stuff on Bezos to force him to sell the team (just like Bezos did to Snyder) and then Snyder could scoop in and buy it back for $5B with a $5B profit.

  13. I think Bezo should just hold tight and buy the Seattle Seahawks next year or in 2024 when Paul
    Allen’s sister puts it up for sale.

  14. mojo00 says:
    November 17, 2022 at 10:32 am
    but I thought he was giving all his $$ away

    Yeah when he’s done spending the rest of it

  15. joetorontoblowsmales says:

    Bezos should buy the Government and fix our inflation and economy, not an NFL team.

    Why would Bezos would want to do that? Millionaires and Billionaires are the ones benefitting the most from Washington dysfunction. Do you think in his right mind he would want the same percentage of taxes like his employees??? Much better to keep an army of accountants, lawyers and lobbyists. Especially if you have a substantial percentage of the US population who vote against their own interests and keep accountability away from people like Bezos.

  16. Won’t scare me off. The only problem is I have to get my wife to signoff and she has my spending limit at $149.37

  17. The only reasons Bezos won’t own the team, and soon, won’t be related to money. No one can outbid him. It would be because he doesn’t want to buy, they manage to not sell the team, or they find some impropriety that gets in the way. If it’s down to money alone, no one else wins.

  18. I mean all billionaires are bastards but I’d rather Bezos on the team than Snyder I think Bezos would be a better owner

  19. Jeff Bezos has already announced he plans to give away his entire fortune to charitable causes. Good for him. In that he joins Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Larry Ellison, Michael Bloomberg, David Geffin, others. No need or reason to join the NFL Billionaires Boys Club (Packers excluded).

  20. bozobiden says:
    November 17, 2022 at 11:54 am
    The Washington Post? Wahahahaha…. Yea ok
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    This is one of our societal problems, people who refuse to believe legitimate news sources, and rather put their belief in charlatans like Tucker and Alex Jones.

  21. Please change the name back to the Washington Football Team. That was fire. The Commanders is lame and nobody likes it.

  22. HagemeisterPark says:
    November 17, 2022 at 10:52 am
    That’s how he operates. He bullies people via media and money
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    You have no idea as to Jeff Bezos conducts his business. The financial dealings of billionaires is way above your level of understanding.

  23. While Bezos can outbid any other potential purchasers, it’s hard to believe he would enter into serious attempts to buy the team without a hard ceiling on what he’s willing to spend. Keep in mind (a) the Seahawks will be sold relatively soon and (b) the NFL is likely to expand by two to four teams in the near future, so it’s not like the Commanders will be the only team he will ever have an opportunity to buy.

  24. No way the other owners are allowing him to have a team and Sunday ticket. Also this is a report from CNN, who just like Fox can’t report anything correctly. But coudos as they are usuall first to report which is all that matters.

  25. That’s how he operates. He bullies people via media and money
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    Funny how everyone wants to achieve the American dream but as soon as someone does, we immediately hate on them.

  26. She dated and had a son with Tony Gonzalez. She knows plenty about football and shouldn’t act like she’s so out-there or aloof.

  27. The American dream is being a billionaire? I’d settle for a refrigerator that lasts more than 9 years. The dream was a lie.

  28. First, we are all assuming Danny boy will sell. Second, we’re assuming he will agree to even sell to Bezos. Third, we are assuming Bezos will be the high bidder. Taht’s a lot of assumptions. . . .

  29. gibson45:

    If there was a perceived threat of a team moving, those leaders always had the option of saying “go ahead, leave”.

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    That’s kind of what happened between the Rams and St.Louis, no? Ultimately, all the politics boiled down to “go ahead, leave”, and Kroenke did. That just resulted in St. Louis getting butt-hurt so they sued him. Pretty much qualifying as city officials trying make an owner pay. Lucky for them Kroenke and NFL were idiots and got caught out in writing lying about move plans so the paying will be happening.

  30. Appearing Monday on CNN, Bezos continued to say just enough to make it clear that he’s interested.
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    People in airport lobbies across the world are buzzing after what they just watched Monday

  31. Commies will either be owned by one horrible human (Snyder) or another (fill-in-the-blank) worthless thief.

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