Congress is investigating Dan Snyder, Washington Commanders, for millions withheld from the league’s visiting-team pool
Much like everyone in D.C. it appears that the Washington Commanders have been caught committing fraud. According to a new report, the House Oversight Committee has received information that the Commanders withheld money that should have been surrendered to the league’s visiting-team pool.
NFL teams are required to send 40% of their ticket sales from their home games to the NFL. These funds are then split up by the 32 NFL owners in a league-wide pool so equal portions go to all teams. The money is then used to help dictate the upcoming salary cap based on league ticket sales revenue.
According to the investigation, the Commanders purposely didn’t send the NFL the full 40%, pocketing some of it for themselves. Initially, Washington and owner Dan Snyder were being investigated by the HOC for sexual assault allegations, but then Congress took a look at the team’s financial records.
Nobody goes to FedEx field to watch them anyways, so it makes sense why Washington wants to keep every cent possible. Their stadium is by far the worst in the league, and the product they put on the field isn’t much better.
This team is the laughing stock of football, from their horrible rebrand to complete lack of success this century. Combine that with their overpay for Carson Wentz while making no other additions, and this team is in for a rough time in 2022.
Just look at the Commanders’ game against the Eagles last season. The stadium literally collapsed on Jalen Hurts, and they “fixed” it with zip ties the next day.
At the very least, if you’re going to keep money that’s supposed to be distributed to all other NFL teams, fix your stadium. Or hell, maybe invest some into your branding so you don’t look like a knockoff XFL team with your new uniforms and team name.
I hope Congress finds all the evidence necessary on this allegation alongside the sexual assaults cases and can eventually oust Snyder from Washington.