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The Washington Commanders sold to Josh Harris’ group for $6 billion

Embattled Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder has come to an agreement with Josh Harris’ group to sell the team for $6.05 billion.

Embattled Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder has come to an agreement with Josh Harris’ group to sell the team for $6.05 billion.
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The Washington Commanders have reeled in one controversy after another and Dan Snyder has been one of the most embattled owners in the NFL. A group headed by Josh Harris has been dealing with the Snyder family for the sale of the team and the two sides have now come to an agreement.

The Commanders announced on Friday that the team will be transferred for $6.05 billion, the most expensive price tag in NFL history.

“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement for the sale of the Commanders franchise with Josh Harris, an area native, and his impressive group of partners,” said a statement released by the team and co-owners Tanya and Dan Snyder. “We look forward to the prompt completion of this transaction and to rooting for Josh and the team in the coming years.”

Harris, who also owns the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and NHL’s New Jersey Devils, has teamed up with other investors, including billionaire Mitchell Rales and NBA legend Magic Johnson. The Harris group released a statement of their own on the deal, saying,

“On behalf of our entire ownership group - including Mitch Rales, my longtime sports business partner David Blitzer and Earvin Magic Johnson - I want to express how excited we are to be considered by the NFL to be the next owners of the Washington Commanders and how committed we are to delivering a championship-caliber franchise for this city and its fanbase.

“Growing up in Chevy Chase, I experienced first-hand the excitement around the team, including its three Super Bowl victories and long-term winning culture. 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.

“Thank you to Tanya and Dan Snyder and the staff of the Commanders for their partnership and cooperation throughout the sale process.

“In addition to Mitch, David and Magic, our extraordinary ownership group includes local business leader Mark Ein, Lee Ainslie, Eric Holoman, Michael Li, owner of Range Group, the Morgan family, owners of Morgan Properties, the Santo Domingo family, Michael Sapir, Co-founder and CEO of ProShares, Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO and Executive Chair and Andy Snyder amongst others. Together these individuals and families have the collective resources and shared commitment to support our vision for the Commanders. 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.”

Hopefully this sale can usher in a new era for the Washington Commanders.