WASHINGTON (7News) — For the first time, Dan and Tanya Snyder have made a statement regarding the agreement to sell the Washington Commanders to Josh Harris and his limited partners.
The agreement was first announced on April 13, as a non-exclusive deal reportedly worth $6.05 billion. The non-exclusive agreement however meant that another group could still have swooped in and bought the team.
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Friday's announcement by the Snyder family shores up the deal a little more.
Here is the Snyders' complete statement:
“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 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.”
Josh Harris also released a statement on Friday on behalf of his bidding group:
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.
Washington Football legends have been vocal about the potential sale since the first announcement in April. 7New's Scott Abraham received the following statement made by Hall of Fame coach, Joe Gibbs:
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The deal still needs to be approved by the rest of the league's owners for Harris and the rest of his group to officially acquire the team. Once approved, the $6.05 billion purchase would be a record for the NFL.
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