In accordance with a report from CBS Sports activities, Jeff Bezos is seemingly following within the custom of quite a few different white billionaires and exploring the choice to purchase an NFL workforce. And he has the tacit approval of lots of these fellow white billionaires.
The report, from Jason La Confora, notes that Bezos watched the latest Tremendous Bowl alongside NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and “has sturdy help inside the league.”
For Bezos, who’s at the moment price $111 billion, shopping for an NFL workforce can be like spending the change he finds between sofa cushions. The costliest workforce sale in league historical past (to this point) was the 2018 sale of the Carolina Panthers for round $2.3 billion.
Plus, shopping for an NFL workforce is a brilliant funding should you can, you realize, really afford it, as workforce valuations are growing exponentially.
Take the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have been bought for $1.05 billion in 2012. In accordance with Forbes, as of the kickoff of the 2019 season in September, the workforce is now price $2.175 billion. In different phrases, the Browns — sure, the identical Browns whose followers celebrated an 0-16 season with a parade within the frigid January sunshine — have doubled in worth, regardless of an total file of 27-84-1 from 2012 via the 2018 season.
However which workforce would Bezos even purchase? The CBS Report factors out the Seattle Seahawks are as a consequence of be bought since workforce proprietor (and Microsoft co-founder) Paul Allen died in October 2018. And the dying of Broncos proprietor Pat Bowlen in June has led to loads of authorized wrangling over who inherits the workforce.
It is one other workforce, although, that leads the listing of possibles Bezos has his eyes on, and it is undoubtedly on our listing of the 5 groups Bezos can purchase.
1. The Washington NFL workforce
The workforce with the horrible, racist title and the beautiful horrible proprietor appears to be on the prime of Bezos’ listing, in keeping with CBS Sports activities. Bezos owns a mansion in D.C., in any case, and Amazon’s HQ2 is establishing store in a close-by a part of Virginia. However whereas the CBS report suggests Bezos would possibly workforce up with workforce proprietor Dan Snyder, what Bezos ought to actually do is purchase it outright. Snyder is without doubt one of the most maligned house owners in skilled sports activities, and if anybody has the ability — and money — to overpower Snyder, it is Bezos. And go forward and alter the workforce title whilst you’re at it, Jeff.
2. The Buffalo Payments
One other workforce that is attempting to claw itself out of years of irrelevancy, the Payments are virtually definitely not on the market. Not proper now, anyway. They have been simply bought in 2014 by the couple that additionally owns Buffalo’s NHL workforce, the Sabres. However that is about one other wealthy one that as soon as tried to purchase the Payments however was rebuffed: Donald Trump. Trump has made no secret of his disdain for Bezos and the Bezos-owned Washington Publish, so what higher method for Bezos to thumb Trump within the eye (metaphorically) than to purchase the workforce Trump could not? Once more, if anybody has the cash and energy to purchase a workforce that is not available on the market, particularly for pure revenge causes, it is Bezos.
3. The Miami Dolphins
It is exhausting to imagine that somebody might make a professional sports activities workforce in Miami seem to be the worst doable vacation spot, however that is simply what Stephen Ross has performed. Ross turned majority proprietor of the Dolphins in 2009 for $1 billion, and the workforce has performed nothing however (look ahead to it) flounder since, making the playoffs simply as soon as and sinking right into a sample of mediocre ineptitude. Certain, the workforce is clearly tanking within the 2019 season to prep for a rebuild, however Ross has little goodwill left due to his outspoken help of Donald Trump. Ross confronted criticism from certainly one of his personal gamers for a pro-Trump fundraiser that appeared like a direct contradiction to the mission assertion of Ross’s nonprofit, the Ross Initiative for Sports activities Equality. The response was such that Ross was eliminated from the league’s social justice committee. Bezos might Make Miami Nice Once more which might certainly stick in Trump’s craw.
4. The Cincinnati Bengals
In the event you can imagine it, the Cleveland Browns aren’t even the worst workforce in their very own state. That will be the Bengals, who’re, as of this writing, the NFL’s solely winless workforce in 2019. For Bezos, the Browns can be a steal at solely $2 billion, however the fee would are available in rebuilding the franchise. Actually. Moreover the necessity for large roster upgrades, the Bengals’ present stadium lease expires in 2026, and the workforce is recognized for its lack of a full-sized indoor follow facility. The most important factor hindering the sale? It has been in the identical household all through its whole existence: the present proprietor, Michael Brown, is the son of workforce founder Paul Brown, and it appears he’d be unlikely to promote. Additionally, it is Cincinnati, which, sorry, simply does not have the identical attraction as a workforce in Miami or D.C. Although if Bezos needed to drag a house-flip on the Bengals — purchase them, renovate them, after which re-sell them for a better value — it might be price it.
5. The Dallas Cowboys
Okay, so we’re in pipe dream territory right here. The Cowboys are arguably some of the well-known sports activities franchises on the planet, up there with the New York Yankees. And workforce proprietor Jerry Jones is without doubt one of the most outspoken, spotlight-hogging house owners in all of sports activities. He cherishes being the ringmaster of a three-ring circus, and there is nothing about his ego that implies he’d ever step down. Jones famously mentioned in 2018 he would not promote the workforce for even $10 billion, which is what he thinks the franchise is price (Forbes says the workforce is price about half of that, but it surely’s nonetheless essentially the most worthwhile workforce within the league). Plus, the workforce is prone to keep in Jones’ household. However there’s all the time a value, proper? Jones could not promote for $10 billion, however what about $20 billion? That is 20 % of Bezos’ price, sure, but it surely’s additionally the Dallas Freaking Cowboys. With all due respect to the opposite groups on this listing, if there is a workforce that matches Bezos’ globe-conquering worldview, it is the Dallas Freaking Cowboys. Perhaps, simply perhaps, there is a crack in Jones’ resolve. The workforce is approaching 25 years since their final Tremendous Bowl win which, in context, is a number of lifetimes for Cowboys followers. Perhaps Jones will tire of the fixed cycle of disappointment (solely 4 playoff appearances within the final 10 years). If nothing else, the conflict of egos and administration kinds in negotiations can be fascinating.