Watching odd and borderline cringy rich guys battle it out over billion-dollar toys is fun. If you agree, keep an eye on what’s happening in Washington, DC. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, who now spends most of his waking hours walking hand in hand around exotic locations with his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez and pumping iron, reportedly wants to buy the Washington Commanders of the NFL.
But there’s a bit of a problem; the current owner who put the team up for sale reportedly can’t stand Bezos. Daniel Snyder, the most hated owner in the NFL, blames Bezos for all the negative coverage he gets in the Washington Post, the newspaper Bezos owns. The Post broke stories of alleged toxic management culture and sexual harassment with the team. Bezos bought the Post for $250 million, and there is a faction of people who believe Bezos favored the coverage of Snyder.
A hot rumor is that Bezos is getting ready to sell the newspaper, which he hopes will clear the runway for him to take a run at buying the team.
The Washington Post is amid a financial crisis, and Bezos didn’t do much to calm employees when he popped in for a visit last week. He told upper management he didn’t plan on selling the paper, but that doesn’t mean he won’t.
A publication called Front Office Sports reported that Bank of America is trying to recruit Bezos to make a bid — even though there are signs that Snyder isn’t keen on selling the team to Bezos. Snyder knows how to hold a grudge, but it would be interesting to see what would happen if Bezos made a bid so obscene that it would be hard to say no.