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Odds Favor Jeff Bezos Owning an NFL Team by 2021

SBD Staff Writer

by SBD Staff Writer in NFL Football

Updated Apr 6, 2020 · 6:31 AM PDT

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Will Jeff Bezos become an NFL owner sooner rather than later? Photo from Steve Jurvetson (Flickr)
  • Even after Jeff Bezos’ divorce from his wife, Mackenzie, the Amazon founder is still the richest man in the world
  • Recent reports indicate that Bezos has interest in purchasing NFL team
  • The oddsmakers favor Bezos joining the elite fraternity of 32 NFL owners by 2021 even though no team is currently up for sale.

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and one of the richest people to ever live has an estimated net worth of around $111 billion. In addition to owning Amazon, he’s also taken on additional projects like buying the Washington Post and putting resources into its journalism.

However, a recent report from CBS Sports indicates that Bezos could be maneuvering to purchase an NFL team. The Amazon mogul watched the Super Bowl last year with commissioner Roger Goodell and has made inroads with Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins.

It’s easy to understand why the NFL would want the richest man in the world to join its fraternity of owners, there are very few people who could pay the astronomical sticker price for a franchise upfront.

Odds Jeff Bezos Owns an NFL Team in 2021

Outcome Odds
Yes -130
No -110

Odds taken November 13th

Bezos a Football Guy?

There isn’t any track record of Bezos being a football fan beyond his interactions with Goodell and other owners the last couple of years or so, but the business world brings out the inner competitor in the billionaire class. There are only 123 professional sports franchises in the major four sports of North America, that’s a pretty exclusive club.

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The reason I’d be hesitant about betting Bezos buying a team before 2021 is that there are no teams currently up for sale. There are several teams that could become available depending on family decisions following the deaths of some long time owners.

Four Possible Teams Bezos Could Purchase

  1. Seattle Seahawks: A trust currently operates the team following the passing of long-time owner Paul Allen. With no wife or children, his sister, Jody, operates the trust and has indicated she won’t sell.
  2. New Orleans Saints: When Tom Benson passed away in 2017, his wife Gayle assumed operational control. This came after a legal battle between the Benson children and their father over their stake in the team.
  3. Denver Broncos: With owner Pat Bowlen passing away in June of 2019, he left a trust in charge of picking the next owner or selling the team, whichever was in the best interest of the organization. The NFL itself ordered mediation to determine whether the trustees have the authority to do so.
  4. Washington Redskins: Daniel Snyder is as unpopular an owner as there is in professional sports and FedEx field desperately needs an overhaul. Plus, Bezos is moving to Washington full time.

With no team actively on the market, it seems unlikely that this process could be completed before January of 2021 which is only 14 months away.

The Pick: (No -110)

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