Roger Goodell: Tanya Snyder, not Dan, will continue to represent commanders
When the NFL fined Washington commanders $10 million last July following an investigation into the franchise’s allegedly toxic workplace, it also said Tanya Snyder would be the one overseeing operations. Washington Standard as co-CEO.
Dan Snyder, her husband and longtime majority owner of the team, “would be focusing on a new stadium plan and other matters.”
On Tuesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the structure the league put in place in its punishment of the organization has since been in place and will also remain so until further notice.
“Dan Snyder was not involved in day-to-day operations; don’t believe he was in the establishment at all,” Goodell told reporters at a news conference at the NFL Owners Meetings. in Palm Beach, Florida. “Tanya has represented the team as CEO, both day-to-day but also here with the league. She has represented the club here and that will continue at least for the foreseeable future.
As for when Dan Snyder might return to regular duties, Goodell declined to give a specific timeline.
“Dan and I will talk about it at some point,” Goodell said.
Snyder was last seen by local media at the rebranding ceremony in Washington on Feb. 2, when the team officially became commanders. His remarks at FedEx Field that day were his first on the microphone since Ron Rivera was hired in January 2020.
This lack of public speaking hasn’t stopped his name from being involved in the news, however.
During a panel discussion on Capitol Hill the day after Commanders launched, former Washington employees described their time with the team as one filled with “inevitable” harassment, with a former cheerleader/coordinator of the marketing and events bringing a new allegation of sexual harassment toward Snyder.
After this roundtable, Snyder announced that he was hiring an independent legal group to review Tiffani Johnston’s claims against him. Goodell, however, pushed back against the idea of a team hired by Snyder investigating the allegation, explaining Feb. 9 during a Super Bowl week press conference in Los Angles “it’s something [the NFL] would do.”
Goodell gave no update Tuesday on that investigation, but promised that its findings would be released. The NFL has hired prominent attorney Mary Jo White, former chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, to investigate the latest misconduct allegations.
In a separate exchange Tuesday, Goodell was asked for his thoughts on Commanders’ relationship with his fans and sponsors. The former appears to be tough, judging by the fact that Washington finished last in 2021 in percentage of home tickets sold, while the latter recently took a hit when global beer company Anheuser-Busch InBev picked to withdraw from his agreement with the team.
“From what I understand — early feedback — ticket sales are doing very well in Washington,” Goodell said. “They are making a lot of progress and we are very optimistic for the season.”
“Ultimately it will come down to the work they need to do to connect with fans, engage fans, and ensure the franchise continues to be successful,” Goodell added.
NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay reported last week that the loss of Anheuser-Busch InBev sponsorship will cost commanders “at least $4 million a year.” Finlay also wrote that “at least 20 non-footballing staff have left since the start of the year”, with one calling the situation “a mess”.
In response to Finlay’s report, a Washington spokesperson said sponsorship revenue is on track to outperform 2021 despite the loss of revenue from the Anheuser-Busch deal. The same spokesperson also said Commanders have sold more new subscriptions in the past three weeks than in the previous three years.