With Jeff Bezos previously reported to be on the outside looking in on the list of suitors in line to purchase the Washington Commanders, a new report indicates that the Amazon founder may be willing to make a substantial concession to get on Dan Snyder's good side.
According to the New York Post, "Chatter is growing that Amazon's billionaire founder is looking to clear the way for a purchase of the Washington Commanders by selling the Washington Post."
"One logical suitor believes the Washington Post is for sale and plans to bid, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said, declining to name the suitor," the report goes on to say. "A second source who buys and sells newspapers said he also has heard the paper might be up for grabs."
Bezos purchased The Washington Post for $250 million in 2013.
The report goes on: "I think Bezos' people could go to Dan and say as a gesture of goodwill, 'We are selling the paper,'" a source close to the situation said. "I think that would go a long way with Dan."
One week ago, 106.7 The Fan's JP Finlay reported that Bezos was "likely out" but that the door was "not closed." Sources further told Finlay that while Dan and Tanya Snyder would "prefer not to sell their franchise" to Bezos, other sources were saying not to count Bezos out as a potential buyer "until a sale to another group is finalized."
Today, JP Finlay notes of the New York Post story: "This could be a major development."
"One thing I've always heard is that Dan Snyder likes to feel he wins in negotiations," Finlay went on to add. "If Bezos has to sell the Post to buy the Commanders, seems like Snyder could view that as a win. And the billions and billions wont hurt either."
So, what's behind this reported animosity Snyder has with WaPo, you ask? If it wasn't already obvious to avid Commanders fans, the NY Post adds:
"The problem for Bezos reportedly is that the Commanders' embattled owner, Dan Snyder, is still sore over the storied newspaper’s series of exposes alleging a toxic management culture at the team, where bosses including Snyder allegedly enabled sex harassment.
"Some even believe that Snyder suspects Bezos, who bought the Washington Post in 2013 for $250 million, encouraged the tough coverage in 2020 in a bid to force him to sell him the team."
It's important to note that Snyder's feud with The Washington Post reaches further back than the past few years. In fact, his animus with the paper stems from his first few years owning the team, which he purchased in 1999.
Bezos has long been rumored to want in on the NFL and, with the Commanders up for sale, there may be no better time than now to break into the exclusive club.
We'll see where the bidding extravaganza goes from here.