Beltway football fans rejoiced over the news that Daniel Snyder, the widely despised owner of D.C.’s NFL franchise has reached an agreement to sell the team, ending an era marked by losing and controversy that saw the scalping of its longtime nickname, the Washington Redskins.
On Friday, NFL insider Adam Schefter broke the news that Snyder and the new ownership group have reached a sale agreement for the storied franchise that has struggled to replicate its glory days under his tenure, with the reported $6.05 billion purchase price being the most expensive in league history, blowing away the previous record of $4.65 billion when the Denver Broncos changed hands last year.
“Washington Commanders and a partnership led by Josh Harris have entered into a purchase and sale agreement, it was jointly announced today,” Schefter tweeted on Friday afternoon. “The purchase and sale agreement calls for Josh Harris and partners to acquire the Washington Commanders from the Snyder family. The agreement is subject to NFL approval as well as the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.”
The purchase and sale agreement calls for Josh Harris and partners to acquire the Washington Commanders from the Snyder family. The agreement is subject to NFL approval as well as the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 12, 2023
The sale brings an end to the tumultuous reign of Snyder as the team has been beset by controversies over its workplace culture and the ongoing battle over the Redskins nickname which the franchise had gone by since before it was relocated to the nation’s capital back in 1937, formerly being the Boston Redskins.
Snyder was beset by harassment from congressional Democrats as the direction of the country shifted to the far-left, with him finally capitulating and agreeing to change the name for the 2020 season to the generic Washington Football Team before being christened as the Washington Commanders beginning in 2022, a fitting moniker considering the dominance of the warmongering neocon establishment that has a stranglehold over the U.S. government.
But Snyder’s biggest sin may have been the state of mediocrity that the team has been mired in since he bought it in 1999 in a sad state after a period of great success in which the Redskins posted three Super Bowl wins from 1982-1991 and were among the NFL’s dominant teams. Since Snyder’s takeover, the Redskins/WFT/Commanders failed to advance past the divisional round of the NFL playoffs on the rare occasions when it qualified for the postseason.
The Commanders made it official in a statement from co-owners Dan and Tanya Snyder.
Statement from Commanders Co-Owners Tanya and Dan Snyder pic.twitter.com/uW8UTOgfsU
— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) May 12, 2023
The team’s suffering fans reacted to their deliverance from suckitude, taking to Twitter to celebrate the liberation from Snyder.
“The day is finally here thank you baby Jesus,” exclaimed one fan.
The day is finally here thank you baby Jesus https://t.co/1M6j9NRp9F
— Andrew Miles (@TakeCommand2023) May 12, 2023
“Overjoyed FOR THE FANS of the Washington Commanders and it’s players. The fans will come back, the team will be a winner again , the players will get the facilities they deserve and the Washington Commanders will rise back to prominence under the leadership of Josh Harris’s Group,” wrote ESPN football analyst Robert Griffin III, a former quarterback for the Redskins whose promising career was undermined by injuries.
Overjoyed FOR THE FANS of the Washington Commanders and it’s players. The fans will come back, the team will be a winner again , the players will get the facilities they deserve and the Washington Commanders will rise back to prominence under the leadership of Josh Harris’s Group pic.twitter.com/xFumX0ZiDE
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) May 12, 2023
Other reactions to the big news:
WE’RE FREE I CANT BELIEVE IT WE’RE ACTUALLY FREE
— Andrew Breza (@andrewjbreza) May 12, 2023
YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES!!!!!!!! https://t.co/FQrRBUlezB
— Jay Hart-WINA (@JayHart_WINA) May 12, 2023
Congratulations to all the Redskins/Football Team/#Commanders fans out there! Your nightmare is over pic.twitter.com/fh6IGq1GZp
— Man Up 3 Deep (@ManUp3Deep) May 12, 2023
Dan Snyder selling the Commanders is an unbelievable win for DC sports fans.
Among the heroes of this story: Former employees who shed light on wrongdoings, fans who spent years demanding Dan's exit, many intrepid journalists who proved that the pen is mightier than the sword.
— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) May 12, 2023
Now let’s get the new owner to change the name back to the Redskins.
— Mike “The Jeep Guy” Watkins (@throttle1130) May 12, 2023
Thank you Laud!
Bye Daniel, take a very long vacation and take that damn Commanders name with you!
I kinda partial to … Wait for it …
Everybody sing with me…
“Hail to the Redskins!
Braves on the Warpath!
Fight for ole DC!”
— MrPCMan (@MrPCMan) May 12, 2023
Last season, the Commanders were on the way to the playoffs before losing three of their last four games to finish at 8-8-1, the very definition of mediocrity. The newly released NFL schedule has the team opening on the road against the downtrodden Arizona Cardinals and will feature a Thanksgiving Day matchup with their hated rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. It’s probably hard for even the most optimistic fan to see a playoff berth given the team’s ongoing struggles at quarterback, but hope springs eternal now that Snyder will be gone.
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