The Washington Commanders continue to be mired by issues off the field. But the latest controversy implicating longtime owner Daniel Snyder could be the biggest.
The latest accusation laid out against the Washington football team owner involves some serious financial finagling that could soon expedite the end of his team. According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, there has been a report made that Daniel Snyder may have withheld funds that should have gone to his fellow NFL team owners.
A.J. Perez of FrontOfficeSports.com reported last night that Congress is exploring whether the Washington Commanders withheld money that should have been surrendered to the league’s visiting-team pool. As a league source with knowledge of the dynamics among owners told PFT, this would become Snyder’s “death knell” as an owner, if it’s proven to be true.
NFL franchises are expected to share part of the ticket sales from their home games into a league-wide pool that is then divvied up for all 32 teams to share. If proven true that the Washington Commanders owner did so, it would clearly change the perspectives of his fellow owners who have thus far tried to “protect” Snyder, at the risk of creating a disadvantage precedent for their own teams. But losing millions in funding might be a big enough reason to switch sides.
His partners have protected him when it comes to the investigation regarding workplace misconduct because, indirectly, they are protecting themselves from having similar allegations threaten the hold on their franchises. If it can be proven that he has been picking his partners’ pockets, his partners quite likely will be kicking his ass out of the house.
The outside noise seemingly never ends for the Washington Commanders. While the team and its fans likely just want to focus on football, that may not be possible anytime soon.