Josh Harris has exclusive window to secure approval of his bid to purchase the Commanders

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It’s not done yet, but it’s getting there.

The paperwork signed Friday by current Commanders owners Daniel and Tanya Snyder and prospective owner Josh Harris converts the existing non-exclusive deal to an exclusive one, according to the Washington Post. The deal will become official upon approval of at least 24 of 32 NFL owners.

The Post explains that the exclusivity will last for a specific window of unknown duration. Per the report, the deal also requires the Harris group to pay a “breakup fee” if the deal is not approved before a certain date.

Prior reports have indicated that there are issues with the Harris bid. Given, however, the apparent willingness of the NFL to move on from Snyder, owners could be motivated to find a way to iron out any wrinkles.

“We look forward to the formal approval of our ownership by the NFL in the months ahead and to having the honor to serve as responsible and accountable stewards of the Commanders franchise moving forward,” Harris said in a statement, per the Post. “On behalf of our entire ownership group. . . . I want to express how excited we are to be considered by the NFL to be the next owners of the Washington Commanders and how committed we are to delivering a championship-caliber franchise for this city and its fan base. Growing up in Chevy Chase, I experienced firsthand the excitement around the team, including its three Super Bowl victories and long-term winning culture.”

Commanders fans surely will hope that the only thing Snyder and Harris have in common is that they grew up rooting for the team.

“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement for the sale of the Commanders franchise with Josh Harris, an area native, and his impressive group of partners,” the Snyders said in a statement, per the Post. “We look forward to the prompt completion of this transaction and to rooting for Josh and the team in the coming years.”

Snyder bought the franchise 24 years ago. It became under his stewardship one of the most dysfunctional organizations in all of pro sports. In recent months, the situation has improved. But Snyder’s ongoing presence had become a ball and chain that the franchise simply could not escape.

Once the current deal is approved, the Commanders finally will move forward without Snyder.

11 responses to “Josh Harris has exclusive window to secure approval of his bid to purchase the Commanders

  1. Not “once the current deal is approved”; “IF” the current deal is approved. With Snyder, nothing can be taken for granted.

  2. If a person worth $6.0 – $7.0 billion can’t get approved to buy a franchise because he doesn’t have enough money every owner in the league is in trouble. This deal will sail through unanimously on the first vote.

  3. They want to make sure all the money is REAL money.
    Not just on paper. Because the NFL operates on real money.

  4. The Commanders immediately become a better team or at least a better franchise. Good riddance to the Snyders.

  5. George Preston Marshall, Edwin Bennett Williams, Jack Kent Cooke, Danny Boy , and now Josh Harris..
    A new chapter. Some hope. Cause this darkness got to give…

  6. There is no way the NFL is going to disapprove this deal. If they do Danny Boy will take the breakup fee and hunker down for the long haul. They have painted themselves into a corner, which is good because it means Snyder is as good as gone.

  7. When will your site guy understand the repeated link to “Josh Harris is to the player, not the guy leading the investment group buying the Commanders?

  8. A lot of people about the find out. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

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