spokespersons for the Washington Post and its owner, Jeff Bezos, have denied recent reports that the paper is for sale. The founder of Amazon visited the After last week and met with staff, attended editorial meetings and reassured executives that he has no intention of selling the paper.
Both CNN and People Bezos’ denials reported late Monday after the New York Post reported that the billionaire was considering the transaction so he would have money to buy the Washington Commanders NFL team.
Multiple media reports have suggested that Bezos and Jay-Z are considering bidding for the team. Bezos was coy about those rumors, calling them “buzz,” though he has also admitted that he played soccer as a kid and that it’s his favorite sport. Commanders’ current owner, Dan Snyder, who has been accused of running a toxic workshop (which he denies), has admitted he was thinking about selling the team.
Even if the After is not for sale, Bezos may be looking for new investment opportunities and the Commanders would be a solid investment. The team has an enthusiastic fan base in a major TV market – Washington DC – and a history of success, winning Super Bowls in 1983, 1988 and 1992. Plus, the NFL’s TV ratings are strong thanks to Amazon Prime Videos exclusive “Thursday Night Football” broadcast, the largest three-hour window ever to attract new subscribers.