The end may be nearing for controversial Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder. Reports have recently emerged that fellow owners across the NFL have begun taking the initiative to seek out which of their fellow decision-makers would feel comfortable forcing Snyder to sell the Commanders to a new ownership group. The process for removing Snyder as the Commanders’ owner would require 24 votes among NFL ownership. With troubling personal and legal issues centering on Snyder continuing to mount, his days as an NFL owner appear numbered despite his best efforts to retain his franchise.
Snyder has been routinely tangled in a web of controversy in recent years. It essentially began with the investigation into a rather disturbing toxic workplace culture involving its own cheerleaders and fellow female employees that led to a $10 million fine. Ongoing investigations into Snyder’s behavior and workplace tactics may have unearthed a situation that will ultimately force the league’s hand.
Blockbuster allegations regarding Snyder’s ownership of two separate accounting books—potentially in an effort to hide portions of the Commanders’ revenue away from competing owners despite taking part in a league-wide revenue-sharing agreement—may be the unofficial nail in Snyder’s coffin. The Commanders are currently being investigated by Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Virginia attorney general in relation to such allegations.
There is essentially no shortage of eye-opening scrutiny being thrown Snyder’s way with no end in sight.
If we’re being completely honest, NFL owners (and players) have gotten away with plenty in recent years. If there’s one thing an owner absolutely can’t get away with, it’s a fraudulent scheme involving the league’s finances. If we’re hearing reports regarding a potential league-wide vote in relation to Snyder’s fate, it’s likely those potential votes have already been counted behind closed doors, and any anonymous sources feel confident discussing what feels like an inevitable eventual outcome. Even if the league secured the required 24 votes in favor of removing Snyder, it would likely lead to a prolonged, drawn-out legal battle unless Snyder complies with such a decision, which qualifies as unlikely given his denial of all allegations. It’s worth noting that league meetings are scheduled to take place in Atlanta later this week. It’s an event that could kickstart such discussions.
Snyder wouldn’t be the first NFL owner that was essentially voted out of one of the most exclusive clubs in the world. Most recently, former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was essentially forced to sell his team after investigations into his workplace behavior discovered concerning findings. Former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. stepped away in 2000 after experiencing legal troubles.
Snyder wouldn’t be the first owner removed from office in league history, but the circumstances regarding his potential upheaval would certainly qualify as historic, even if there’s a sense of precedence that points to its possibility or likelihood. Owners may be hesitant to create such a pattern that places fate in the hands of peers, but allegations regarding Snyder’s mischievous financial practices could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. The Commanders may find themselves searching for a new owner very soon.
- Jun 27, 2022
- Jun 27, 2022