Jeff Bezos might be looking at his next big purchase, and it's right in the Amazon backyard.
The CEO is interested in buying the Seattle Seahawks, according to "a person familiar with the NFL's thinking" who spoke to The Washington Post. Amazon did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment on the report.
CBS Sports reported earlier this week that Bezos was considering purchasing an NFL team, although it did not clarify which.
While the Seahawks are currently not for sale, it is possible the team may look for new ownership: Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, bought the team in 1
The acquisition would be possible for the world's richest man, worth an estimated $ 110 billion. Two of the latest NFL sales were the Carolina Panthers and the Buffalo Bills, which sold for $ 2.3 billion and $ 1.4 billion, respectively.
And Bezos seems to be a sports fan. He participated in the Wimbledon Men's Final in July, and was spotted at the Super Bowl in February. While the Seahawks did not play, he posed for a picture with his brother, Mark and Griffin brothers – Shaquem and Shaquille – who both play for Seattle. The image has garnered more than 2000 likes and dozens of comments, including one that said, "Please tell me this is a sign @jeffbezos buys @seahawks 🙏🏻🙏🏻."
If Bezos goes through the purchase, Posten notes that he would join a host of technology leaders who own sports teams: Mark Cuban owns the Dallas Mavericks; Ted Leonsis, a former head of AOL, owns Washington Wizards, Mystics and Capitals; and Steve Ballmer, another former Microsoft executive, owns the Los Angeles Clippers. In addition, Allen's family owns the Portland Trail Blazers and is a minority owner of the Seattle Sounders football team.
And until 2016, Nintendo had a stake in the Seattle Mariners, the city's Major League Baseball team. Howard Lincoln, Nintendo of America's former chairman, served as the team's chairman and CEO for 17 years.