Jeff Bezos Odds: Will the Richest Man Buy an NFL Team in 2021 or 2022?

With an estimated net worth of over $185 billion as of January 2021, what could Jeff Bezos want that he doesn’t already have? The answer is simple: an NFL team.

The Amazon founder has reportedly been interested in purchasing a team over the last couple of years. Even Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that he would help Bezos if he ever wanted to seek NFL ownership.

While Bovada may have the Washington Football Team as the most likely team for Bezos to own (+115), it doesn’t mean that he will buy them or any other team within the next two years.

What NFL Team Will Jeff Bezos Buy in 2021 or 2022?

Odds via Bovada as of Friday, February 26

  • Does Not Buy A Team In 2021 or 2022 -105
  • Washington Football Team +115
  • Denver Broncos +450
  • Seattle Seahawks +700
  • New Orleans Saints +700

The Odds are Bezos Doesn’t Buy a Team… Yet

Bovada has listed Bezos not buying an NFL team within the next two years as the most likely scenario. Purchasing an NFL team is not as easy as buying a car or a house. It’s a lengthy process that has several steps and precautions that have to be taken. It also relies on a team being up for sale. Bezos could want to buy a team tomorrow, but that doesn’t matter if no one is selling.

Washington Football Team Most Likely Candidate

The current WFT ownership has been in the headline for all the wrong reasons over the last few years. This has led to minority stakeholders pressuring Dan Snyder to sell the team so that they can be a respectable franchise once again. However, Snyder, who’s friends with Bezos, refuses to let go after owning the team for 22 years.

One reason why Bezos is likely to eventually own the WFT is that he has ties to Washington. He owns the Washington Post, he has a mansion in Washington and one of Amazon’s headquarters is located in neighboring Arlington, Virginia. There were also rumors in 2020 that Bezos was trying to buy the WFT.

Will Bezos Buy the Broncos?

The Broncos ownership situation has been a mess ever since former owner Pat Bowlen passed away. His children have been having issues with each other, which has led to instability in the ownership department. Back in December 2020, Beth Bowlen Wallace, one of the late owner’s children, said her father wouldn’t be happy with the current ownership situation. She added that she would be open to selling the team to an outside buyer.

Should this statement hold true in the near future, the Broncos could be a likely acquisition for Bezos. If he’s serious about buying an NFL, he could bring respect back to the Broncos. It’s also easier to buy a team that’s open to being purchased by an outsider than waiting years for a preferred option to become available.

Seahawks, Saints Offer Other Options

If Bezos can’t get his hands on the WFT or Broncos, sportsbooks could see him going after the Seahawks. After former owner Paul Allen passed away in 2018, his wife Jody took control of the team. Fast forward to 2019 when the Washington Post, which is owned by Bezos, reported that the billionaire was interested in buying the Seahawks. Should Jody Allen decide to sell the team, Bezos may be waiting.

Bezos could also look towards the Saints, another team where there’s infighting in the ownership. Saints owner Gayle Benson took control of the team when her husband Tom passed away in 2018. Since then, Tom’s daughter and grandchildren have been fighting for control of his assets, including the Saints. If they can’t reach an agreement, Bezos could swoop in and provide them with a solution.

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Devon Platana
After graduating with a Masters degree in Journalism, Devon joined USGS to improve his sports writing skills. As a lifelong sports fan, one of Devon’s favorite things to do is analyze statistics across all sports.