Jeff Bezos has revealed his interest in becoming the owner of an NFL team for quite some time, and the Billionaire’s wish may soon come to fruition.
The founder and CEO of Amazon, who earlier announced on 2nd February that he’s willing to step down from his position in the coming days, has been linked with a future co-ownership of an NFL franchise, and on the frontrunner of Bezos’ wish are the Washington Football Team.
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The report was first made by Front Office Sports, who claimed to have accessed court documents that have revealed that Bezos’ attorney contacted Baltimore-based sports investment banking firm Moag & Co, for the ownership of a part of the franchise.
A previous report from Front Office Sports also claim that Washington majority owner Dan Snyder was being forced to sell his stake in the team via an “extortion campaign” led by Dwight Schar, one of the three minority shareholders.
Snyder, who’s net worth at $2.6 billion and is ranked No. 327 on Forbes’ list of richest people, had filed a defamation lawsuit against Indian media company MEA WorldWide, claiming that the company was falsely accusing Snyder’s ties with Jeffrey Epstein and sex trafficking.
The lawsuit filed in by Snyder’s attorney also mention that Moag & Co founder John Moag was aware of the defamation campaign launched on his client by MEA Worldwide.
A text message conversation between John Moag and an unnamed person was also accessed, in which Moag wrote “Keep an eye on the Redskins (previous name of Washington), it’s getting very interesting,” and the person replied, “hopefully Snyder’s going.”
Bezos, ranked as the world’s richest man by Forbes at $185.6 billion, cashed in $12 million to renovate his 27,000-square-foot mansion in Washington in 2016. He was reported by CBS Sports to have been associated with Snyder and was generating interest from other franchise owners to welcome the tycoon in their hierarchy.
However, the mansion was not the only thing the mogul had targeted in the US capital. In 2013 Bezos purchased The Washington Post, and in 2017 he established Amazon’s second HQ in Arlington County, Virginia.