Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson has joined a group bidding for the Washington Commanders. The group is led by Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils owner Josh Harris, reports Sportico's Scott Soshnick and Eben Novy-Williams.
The news of Magic Johnson's bidding comes after recent developments that Dan Snyder is planning to sell the team imminently. Attaching Magic Johnson could elevate the Harris-led faction to the top of Snyder's list of potential buyers. A few other groups remain in the bidding for the Commanders.
Before Magic Johnson joined the bid, he had previous experience with Josh Harris in vying for team ownership. He was a part of Harris' failed bid for the Denver Broncos just last year. They are hoping for a more successful pitch this time around.
Meanwhile, negotiations for the Commanders sale have heat up over the last week or so. A sale was expected eventually, as Dan Snyder's organization is under investigation for a hostile work environment and financial impropriety. Pressure has been mounting for months on Snyder to sell, with the idea of a forced sale even being floated around by NFL owners.
As negotiations build momentum, many around the league believe a deal could be announced sooner rather than later. The NFL owners meetings take place in Arizona at the end of March, so the timing would be perfect to introduce new ownership.
Whether a sale comes to fruition soon or not, the tea leaves seem to indicate that an eventual sale is all but guaranteed. The current allegations and mounting pressure has backed Dan Snyder into a corner. Magic Johnson now joins a group awaiting the polarizing Washington Commanders owner.