Jerry Jones realizes forcing Daniel Snyder out could scare others away

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Monday’s edition of Sports Business Daily contained a blurb regarding some predictable and obvious comments from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. The comments amounted to, for me, a predictable curiosity.

With Wednesday providing a pivot from the aftermath of the wild-card round and the divisional round, I predictably became curious.

This part isn’t surprising. Jones told Jarrett Bell of USA Today in December (the item was published on January 13) that Jones has “yet to see conclusive evidence that would rise to the level of other NFL owners voting to force Snyder to sell his franchise.”

Jones has no reason to rail against Snyder, because Jones (and surely other owners) would prefer not to set a precedent that could then be used against them. That’s one of the potential reasons why the NFL brushed the Beth Wilkinson investigation under the rug in 2021, concealing any “conclusive proof” she may have found — and glossing over the question of whether she believed based on her investigation (including her interview with Snyder and her conclusions as to whether he was or wasn’t being truthful) that he should be forced to sell.

Instead of making it about him, Jones made it about the impact that running Snyder off would have on luring other multi-billionaires to buy teams.

“My main thing about Washington is that I don’t want to do damage to the ability to attract capital,” Jones told Bell. “With sponsors alone, you want people to stand in line to be associated with the team. There are a lot of natural things that will occur on their own if you don’t mess it up.”

So, in other words, look the other way regarding owner misconduct, because you don’t want potential sponsors or owners to look for other places to spend their money.

Through it all, Jones sounds like someone who realizes that there’s a limit to everything, including the NFL’s willingness to tolerate Snyder’s alleged and/or actual antics.

“He’s got the perfect storm,” Jones said of Snyder. “If he decided to move on, who could possibly blame him? Or [his wife, Tanya]? On top of that, he’s not the most beloved guy around, which I guess I might identify with a bit, too.”

Jones also realizes that supporting Snyder comes with a cost.

“Is he worth me taking a sword?” Jones told Bell. “He’s not Al Davis. For me, he’s not.”

For now, the owners are treading lightly, waiting for Snyder to do what he seems to be doing. If he goes away on his own, the owners don’t have to force him out.

More importantly, they don’t have to talk about forcing him out. And Jones realizes those conversations, with so many in the room, will find a way to the prying eyes and ears of the media — especially if someone is secretly records the sessions, as someone did during deliberations regarding the league’s handling of the controversy arising from the national anthem.

“I would say we’ve had to be more formal in our conversations,” Jones told Bell. “We’re not as cavalier as we might have been. Follow me? Don’t know who’s listening. Who’s what? So, we’ve had to be more formal.”

If Snyder doesn’t sell on his own, those formalities inevitably will include a vote to force him to do it. For now, the owners (along with everyone else) are simply waiting to see whether Snyder will actually do it.

28 responses to “Jerry Jones realizes forcing Daniel Snyder out could scare others away

  1. Jerry, we do realize that, and it’s actually a good thing. You want to scare others away, if they have something that should keep them away? Scare away capital? You’re never going to do that. There are a lot of wealthy people. There are way more wealthy people than there are opportunities to buy a franchise. As long as you don’t scare away the right people. Nobody’s worried about scaring away the wrong people. And if you’re worried about scaring away capital, sell your team and let someone else worry about that.

  2. There are only 32 teams and plenty of people want to own a NFL team. Look at the interest they are getting, Bezos, Josh Harris – Co-owner of the 76ers, Mark Walter and Todd Boehly who both co-own the dodgers and chelsea f.c. as well as part of the lakers, Byron Allen who put a bid on the broncos as well. There is no shortage of people that want to be part of the NFL.

  3. Owning the Commanders was Mr. Snyder’s boyhood dream. Nobody has the right to take his beloved franchise away

  4. It hasn’t scared any would be NBA owners away. Is that seriously his logic? “We can’t get rid of Snyder because if we do, OTHER scumbags might be worried that if they did scumbaggy things we wouldn’t like it.”?

  5. Allowing a clueless and fundamentally toxic ne’erdowell (and others like him) to operate with impunity will ultimately scare the public away from the NFL. The goose is golden only until you realize you’re staying at rust.

  6. This is how the rich control other rich people. I don’t think anyone should be forced to sell anything unless they are criminally prosecuted and charged with a crime. This is Rodger trying to control who’s around him as usual and it needs to stop. FIRE GOODELL

  7. Translation: we don’t really care about what owners (current or future) do as long as they bring a big box of cash to the table, and none of us want anybody looking too closely at what we do off-field because, damn!

  8. There is no shortage of people wanting to own an NFL team.
    If the league takes a slightly tougher stand with owners it’s not going to have any impact on getting people to bid hu huge sums of money for a team when it’s availabl ege sums of money for a team when it’s available

  9. I don’t see Snyder selling the team willingly. He will push these owners to force he out and he knows many have skeletons in their own closets making them weary to force him out. We are all in a wait and see period until the next owners meeting.

  10. The only person that needs to be forced out is Jerry Jones. Go away Skeletor!

  11. As the great philosopher, Hyman Roth, observed: “This is the business we’ve chosen.”

  12. The idea that there isn’t “proof” of Snyder’s toxic leadership is laughable. 40+ employees complained of harassment and the NFL obviously doesn’t care, because the owners don’t care.

    But what Jerry is saying is that either they won’t be able to find billionaires who aren’t awful people (a reasonable assumption) or that the awful people who own NFL teams shouldn’t be called out for their awful behavior, which is really the bottom line. Jerry and the rest just want to do whatever they want. What if, for example, there was a scandal where people were peeping on the Dallas cheerleaders, but it just got swept under the rug and even the media ignored it? Nah – that would never happen.

    The way the NFL has handled the Snyder investigation(s) is incredibly embarrassing for a multi-billion-dollar company. Or, at least, it should be.

  13. I don’t think any potential buyers suddenly disappear bc of the rest of the owners force him out, he’s scum and anyone who has been shrewd enough to become a billionaire on their own would realize that. How about – if you buy the team after he gets forced out, just don’t be like Dan Snyder, seems like a low bar.

  14. When you live in a country where the FBI has been turned into the KGB, Jones is correct. People’s property is on the verge of being seized and given to others or simply taken by the Government. It’s a scary time in history.

  15. So Jerrah is saying that too many rich people are serial predators like Snyder…hmm. I wonder if this is more of an indictment of his rich friends or rich people in general.

    One thing that can be gleaned from his comments…there are probably more owners like Snyder only they aren’t dumb enough to get caught.

  16. Whatever Synder has on Jones must be significant. I mean how else do you explain this level of loyalty.

  17. Last time a checked billionaires have giant egos and are narcissists.

    Two personality traits of a person that isn’t going to get scared off…(at all)!

  18. Jerry realizes that so many shenanigans take place on his team’s “Party Bus”, that he knows he better tread lightly when it comes to expressing moral outrage.

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