Fans Elated After Sale Agreement Reached with Josh Harris | Washington Commanders
By Adam Aniba
Many fans believe that there has been a curse and dark cloud over Washington, since Daniel Snyder purchased the team following the death of Jack Kent Cooke in 1999.
Snyder is viewed by many as the worst owner in professional sports, but 24 years after purchasing the franchise for for $800 million, Snyder will sell the team for $6.05 Billion dollars.
Philadelphia 76'ers/New Jersey Devils owner Josh Harris and partners Mitchell Rales, David Blitzer, Magic Johnson and others, have a agreed to purchase the Commanders.
Harris and Blitzer have co-owned 76'ers since '11 and Devils since '13. The last hurdle will be pending league approval, but per many reports that seems like a formality at this point.
Harris grew up in Chevy Chase, MD and was a resident during the Redskins 3 Super Bowl wins during the 80's and 90's.
It's been well documented, the other NFL owners are not fond of Snyder and his practices over the last two decades.
There's little reason to believe any of the other 31 NFL owners will hold up the sale. The owners will vote for the transfer of ownership to the Harris group with a three-quarters vote needed.
The sale will be a record amount for a U.S. professional sports franchise and surpassed the sale of the Denver Broncos to Walmart heir Robert Walton for $4.55 billion.
Former Skins Head Coach Joe Gibbs even joined fans excitement, after speaking with Harris during the sale process.
Harris recently spoke with The Philadelphia Inquirer regarding the sale.
“We look forward to the formal approval of our ownership by the NFL in the months ahead and to having the honor to serve as responsible and accountable stewards of the Commanders franchise moving forward. We look forward to running a world-class organization and making significant investments on and off the field to achieve excellence and have a lasting and positive impact on the community.”
Although it could be a couple months before the sale is official, fans can finally rejoice with the thought of a new owner come week 1 vs Arizona at FedEx field.