The Washington Commanders are one step closer to officially being sold.
A group that is headlined by Josh Harris, a billionaire private equity investor, and NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson has been interested in purchasing the team lately.
It put in an offer to current owner Daniel Snyder, and on Friday, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that the group entered into a purchase agreement and that there will be an update at the upcoming owners meeting on whether the sale will be voted on.
Update on timing with new info: There will be an update to the owners in May at the league meeting, either way. If it’s not ready for a final vote, the owners will reconvene in the coming months for a vote. https://t.co/bsSctcSXEW
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 12, 2023
Snyder has owned the Commanders ever since 1999, shortly after previous owner Jack Kent Cooke had passed away, but his tenure at the helm has been very checkered.
For one, they have made the playoffs only six times since then and won a grand total of two postseason games, and they have failed to reach the NFC Championship Game since 1991, which was also the last time since the team won the Super Bowl.
But the main focus of Snyder’s tenure as owner has been what many have described as a toxic workplace environment, which has included allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination.
In the past, the organization was once one of the NFL’s most successful — it won three Super Bowls in the 1980s and early 1990s and was consistently considered a title contender.
If and when the Commanders do get sold, perhaps it will allow everyone inside the franchise to start anew with a clean slate.
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