Dan Snyder’s situation is not on the agenda for the NFL meeting, but expect a lot of discussion about the owner of the Commanders

The NFL owners will meet in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday for their annual fall gathering in New York, and while it’s not on the agenda, expect there to be a lot of discussion around Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder.

There is renewed focus on Snyder in light of ESPN’s Thursday report in which sources told reporters that Snyder has claimed to have “dirt” on several other NFL owners. Snyder will not be present at the meetings and Washington is expected to be represented there by his wife, Tanya, who has been running day-to-day operations since last July.

The agenda itself is rather bland, but there is time for a closed door session. In that session, which is scheduled to take place at 5:40 pm ET on Tuesday, only one representative from each team will be in the room where they will discuss (thought to be) confidential matters. That’s where those conversations about Snyder can be had.

“I don’t know other owners are answering your calls [anymore]”a team executive told Snyder to CBS Sports.

Snyder is unable to represent the team at league meetings until he meets NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, several league sources told CBS Sports. This is disputed by Snyder’s attorneys, who claimed in a statement obtained by CBS Sports that he “is no longer subject to any NFL restrictions relating to his involvement with the team.” The meeting with Goodell probably wouldn’t have taken place until the conclusion of Mary Jo White’s two investigations of Snyder: one involving alleged financial misconduct and another relating to alleged sexual harassment.

The fellow owners have not yet been moved to vote out of Snyder. The findings of Investigator Beth Wilkinson’s 2021 report on toxic workplace culture have not been published, and the league has no plans to publish it. No NFL owner has ever been left out and there should be 24 votes to remove Snyder.

Removing an owner would be unprecedented in today’s sports world. Jerry Richardson put the Panthers up for sale in 2017 before a serious investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and racist language began. Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and the team was sold after his wife removed him from the trust. Suns owner Robert Sarver put his team up for sale last month after a one-year suspension and between sponsors and minority owners asking him to sell. Kelly Loeffler, who previously owned the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, sold the team after clashing with players for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Snyder, whose penchant for detaining private investigators was revealed during the House Supervisory Board’s investigation into workplace culture, allegedly threatened kompromat against the other owners. Megan Imbert, a former Washington employee who got a dossier about her from Snyder’s attorneys, tweeted Thursday that the idea that Snyder wouldn’t do it for the other owners was “comical.”

Another former Washington employee told CBS Sports she has long harbored suspicions that Snyder “has dirt on people.”

“It never made sense to me that he was able to remain an owner that long,” the former employee said. “I already knew he had a history of suing people and using everything against people. The only way he made sense was if he got dirty on people.”

Snyder’s attorneys John Brownlee and Holland & Knight partner Stuart Nash said the allegations against Snyder are “categorically false”.

“Dan has never hired or authorized a private investigator to investigate the owner of any other NFL franchise, nor has he hired anyone to do it on his behalf,” the lawyers said in a statement obtained by CBS Sports. “He has no ‘dossiers’ compiled on any owner”.

A proposal in the ESPN report plans to withhold financial aid to Snyder to build a new stadium. The NFL usually approves the debt limit exemption for owners when they build new stadiums and there is normally a $ 200 million loan that the league grants for stadium funds.

“The league’s only real tool is to starve him from the funds to build a stadium,” a team president told ESPN.

But a high-ranking club leader disagreed. “This is not a legitimate strategy,” the source told CBS Sports. After all, Snyder has shown he feels comfortable running his team at the league’s worst stadium in years.

Also in that closed-door session, the owners plan to discuss the $ 790 million St. Louis relocation deal, as first reported by The Athletic. A league source tells CBS Sports that “a reasonable conclusion” has essentially been determined as to how the deal will be paid, likely meaning that Rams owner Stan Kroenke will pay a good chunk of the bill and the rest will be split between. other 31 teams.

Another owner who will be missed at the meeting is Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. Ross, who was suspended in August for the integrity of game violations for tampering by his team of Tom Brady and Sean Payton, will see his suspension lifted on October 17, a day before the fights. But the terms of his suspension dictate that he still cannot “attend any League meeting before” the big owners meeting in the spring of 2023. Ross was also barred from entering the Dolphins team facilities from August to Monday. .

League sources have indicated that Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel will represent the team at the meetings on Tuesday.

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