Hip-hop mogul and billionaire Jay-Z ($1.3B) and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos ($113.5B) met at trendy Los Angeles restaurant Horses on Monday, according to reports. Hov and Bezos are reportedly interested in purchasing the NFL’s Washington Commanders, with a bid due in January. The Commanders are up for sale as their embattled owner Dan Snyder is involved in numerous controversies. There are allegations of sexual misconduct, a toxic workplace and his relationship with other owners.
Hov and Bezos are friends, with the former spending time on the latter’s yacht in September. If we’ve learned anything about Hov, is that he is an apex capitalist predator. He’ll do just about anything to amass more wealth and have his hands at the levers of power.
Remember when he partnered with the NFL and said “we’re past kneeling” in regards to blackballed quarterback Colin Kaepernick? Shortly thereafter his entertainment agency, Roc Nation, entered into a long-term partnership with the league to be the “official live music entertainment strategists”?
Cash rules everything around me…
It’s no shade. Hov has told us who he is from the jump. It would make sense that franchise ownership would be his next move.
Now, reported figures for the Commanders suggest somewhere in the neighborhood of $7B. Hov don’t got that kind of bread. That’s why he needs the wealthier than Croesus Bezos as a partner. The two of them would make a formidable ownership group.
Perhaps the plan is for the two of them to be the majority owners and bring in other A-listers to be minority owners. Actor Matthew McConaughey is set to join the group as well.
Whatever their plan is, this isn’t just some nostalgia or “this would be cool” play. These dudes want this to be a profit making endeavor.
As the “U Don’t Know” rapper says:
Put me anywhere on God’s green earth, I’ll triple my worth, motherf**ker
I sell ice in the winter, I sell fire in Hell
I am a hustler, baby, I’ll sell water to a whale
I was born to get cake, move on and switch states
Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant, a lifelong fan of the Washington franchise, is also someone that would be a target of the Bezos/Hov group.
“In a perfect world, I would be a part of it,” Durant said. “I would love to do it. I would love to give a little bit of my money to be a part of the Commanders, but we’ll see. Hopefully, it’s somebody nice. I heard [Amazon CEO Jeff] Bezos and Jay-Z, but you never know.”
Fox’s Jay Glazer and the NFL Network report that the timeline on this sale will be quick and the new ownership group could be in place before next season.
“It’s to sell the entire team,” Glazer said. “What I’m being told is, the asking price is going to go for about $7 billion. The other interesting part is the timeline. This is not going to be a long, drawn-out process. I’m told the hope is to have this done within the next six months and actually have it finalized by the NFL owners meeting next March.”
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) November 7, 2022
And the winner is … Hov.