Amazon’s Al Michaels addressed the ongoing controversy surrounding Washington owner Daniel Snyder during the third quarter of Thursday night’s game between the Commanders and the Bears. Given Al’s access to the NFL’s upper echelons, his statements — couched as speculation but seemingly reflecting the sentiments of the powers that be — ring true.
My own opinion is that the league would be thrilled if Snyder sold the team,” Al remarked. To avoid a vote, we can immediately sell the team. Because it’s become a huge issue all around the league. And then, we’ll see what unfolds. There’s still a ways to go, and Dan is notorious for refusing to budge.
In fact, it is the issue. Snyder is refusing to budge. No amount of convincing will get him to part with his money. The more they try to force him to sell, the more he will fight back, whether through legal action or the dissemination of “dirt” he claims to have gathered.
We’ve said from the beginning of the debate that Snyder’s resolve stems from his plan to pass the team on to his kids. In the past, we’ve proposed that Snyder step aside from his position for good, with his wife serving as interim general manager until the team is officially given to his children. Michael Smith brought up the potential of such happening during the Amazon warmup.
This makes perfect sense, but it may be too late. The team’s owners may wish to get rid of Snyder and his entire family, even though Dan has no control over the team in any way.
Michaels’ 20-year reign on Monday Night Football and an almost 30-year career at ABC came to an end when NBC announced that he would be joining Madden at the network to broadcast football on Sunday nights. ABC and ESPN agreed to release Michaels from his contract with the company if NBCUniversal
sold cable rights to Friday coverage of the next four Ryder Cups, expanded ESPN’s use of Olympic highlights, and transferred ownership of Walt Disney’s Oswald the Lucky Rabbit character to Disney (now NBCUniversal). The chairman of NBC Sports, Dick Ebersol, said, “We get nothing from those rights; they’ve had no value in the United States.”
Michaels seemed puzzled when he heard about the “swap.” Michaels said, “It’s been brought to my attention that the Kansas City Chiefs compensated the New York Jets by dismissing coach Herman Edwards with a draft pick.” “To be sure, Oswald is more valuable than a pick in the fourth round of the draft.
I see my future as a trivia answer.” Game designer Warren Spector claimed in an article for Game Informer that Disney CEO Bob Iger arranged the deal to reclaim Oswald’s character rights so that he could include him in the game.