The Billionaires Bidding on Commanders, Who Is Out, and Who Could Join

Who could still crash the party: Jeff Bezos

Kansas City Chiefs Owner Clark Hunt, Former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Los Angeles Chargers Owner Dean Spanos

Jeff Bezos stands with Kansas City Chiefs Owner Clark Hunt (left) and Los Angeles Chargers Owner Dean Spanos.

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has long been considered a strong candidate to purchase the Commanders, but his path to potentially owning the club has been a bit of a roller coaster.

In February, it was reported that Bezos had hired the same investment firm that handled the recent sales of the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. However, according to Ben Standig and Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic, Bezos was barred from bidding for the team by Bank of America, the Commanders’ bank. Bezos did not submit an offer during the first round of bidding, which is now closed.

According to the New York Post, Bezos may be blackballed from the process because he owns the Washington Post, which wrote stories alleging toxic management and sexual harassment within the team’s front office. The same report says that Bezos may consider selling the newspaper, speculating that it could open the door to owning the Commanders.

Charles Gasparino of Fox Business News recently reported that Snyder is no longer opposed to a bid from Bezos.

If other NFL owners decide they want Bezos in their club, they could also, in theory, force Snyder to sell him the club.