'Huge fan' Matthew McConaughey joins Jeff Bezos and Jay-Z's bid to buy Washington Commanders

Dan Snyder has hired Bank of America for the sale, the team revealed on Wednesday

'Huge fan' Matthew McConaughey joins Jeff Bezos and Jay-Z's bid to buy Washington Commanders
Matthew McConaughey will join Jeff Bezos and Jay-Z to buy the team (Rich Polk/Getty Images for Lincoln, Michael M Santiago, Kevin Winter/ Getty Images)
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Actor Matthew McConaughey is a fan of the Washington Commanders, and now desires ownership of the team. The 53-year-old actor has joined Jeff Bezos and Jay Z's bid for the team, according to the New York Post. The franchise just entered the market after years of issues associated with its beleaguered owner Dan Snyder. "Matthew has always been a huge fan and his ties with the team go way back," a source told the outlet. "They support his foundation and he's good pals with Dan Snyder — he and [supermodel wife Camilla Alves] were on Dan's yacht over the Super Bowl last year."

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McConaughey supported the Washington Redskins, as they were then known, despite growing up in Texas, where the rival Cowboys are undoubtedly the most well-liked professional sports club. The actor favored Washington because the famous linebacker Chris Hanburger's name was similar to his favorite childhood meal, hamburgers, according to the Post.

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After years of turmoil including disputes about the team name to claims of sexual harassment, Snyder is thinking about selling the NFL team. However, whether he would sell the entire team or if he is merely looking to acquire a minority partner is still unknown. Nevertheless, Snyder has hired Bank of America for the sale, the team revealed on Wednesday. According to Forbes, the Commanders, who are worth approximately $5.6 billion and ranks sixth among NFL franchises, already has four interested prospective buyers. Snyder reportedly paid $800 million for the team in 1999. Robert Griffin III, a former Redskins quarterback, Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets, and businessman Byron Allen have all expressed interest in purchasing the team, Daily Mail reported.

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Before becoming partners with the NFL, Jay-Z and Bezos were both said to be interested in purchasing NFL clubs. The NFL and Jay- Z's Roc Nation established a collaboration in 2019 to plan live performances at league games, including the Super Bowl halftime show. Bezos, one of the richest individuals in the world with an estimated net worth of $120 billion, is the owner of Amazon, which paid $1 billion a season for the rights to Thursday Night Football.

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A longtime supporter of the NFL franchise and superstar for the Brooklyn Nets, Kevin Durant has also expressed interest in joining the star-studded effort and maybe joining its team, New York Post reported. He said, "In a perfect world, I would be a part of it. 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 [Jeff] Bezos and Jay-Z, but you never know."

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