Washington Redskins officials denied Monday that the franchise is up for sale following a report detailing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos's apparent interest in buying a team as well as his ties to the Redskins' current owner, Dan Snyder.
"The franchise is not for sale, and there is no truth to the suggestion that Bezos can partner with Mr. Snyder on the work of building a new stadium or buying a stake in the team," a Redskins spokesman told FOX Business . "Mr. Snyder has not seen Jeff Bezos in nearly a decade."
The rejection came in response to a CBS Sports report citing named league sources. The report said Bezos wants to buy an NFL team and already has strong support among the The league's existing owners. The report added that Bezos, one of the world's richest men, has spent "considerable" time with Snyder and can help the Redskins owner in his ongoing bid to build a Washington franchise stadium or make Amazon work as a sponsor. [1[ads1]9659003] CANADIAN HOCKEY ANALYST DON CHERRY FIRED OVER ANTI-IMMIGRANT COMMENTS
The CBS Sports report never directly suggested that Bezos has a specific interest in buying direct ownership or a minority stake in the Redskins, even though it noted that he has recently relocated to the Washington area, owns the Washington Post and that Amazon is opening a second headquarters in Northern Virginia. gs date, Amazon has not purchased the naming rights of any professional sports stadium.
Amazon has streaming rights to the NFL's "Thursday Night Football" and is said to be an early challenger for future broadcast rights. Bezos was shown watching Super Bowl LII in the same package as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during CBS's live broadcast of the game.
While no NFL team is currently for sale, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos were named as potential targets for the Bezos.
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The Seahawks are currently owned by the Paul G. Allen Trust after Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft, died in October 2018 after a non-attack -Hodgkin's lymphoma. Ownership of the Broncos is the subject of a legal dispute between relatives of the late Pat Bowlen, who died in June last year.
The NFL declined to comment on the matter. Representatives of Amazon, Seahawks and Broncos did not immediately return comment requests.
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While the Redskins lease on FedEx Field does not expire until 2027, Snyder is said to be pursuing public funds for a stadium. Redskins officials denied a report in June that Snyder had sailed the yacht to the Cannes Lions in pursuit of a sponsor for stadium naming.
Bezos has a personal net worth of more than $ 110 billion, according to Forbes.