The Washington Post is not for sale, spokespersons for the newspaper and its owner, Jeff Bezos, told CNN this Monday (23).
They denied a report by the New York Post, which cited unnamed sources, suggesting the billionaire could divest the newspaper to help fund a possible purchase of the Washington Commanders NFL team.
Bezos visited the Post’s newsroom last week, meeting with staff and participating in editorial meetings. A source close to the situation said Bezos had told the paper’s senior staff in private meetings that he had no plans to sell the paper.
The Amazon founder, along with Jay-Z, is in talks about a possible joint bid for the Commanders, reported the CNN previously. In an exclusive interview with CNN in November 2022, the billionaire businessman was asked if he intended to buy the team.
“Yes, I heard that buzz,” Bezos said with a smirk.
Bezos pointed out that he “grew up in Houston, Texas, and I played football as a kid.” “It’s my favorite sport,” he said in the interview. “Then we will have to wait and see.”
Current team owner Dan Snyder, facing allegations of a toxic workplace and attacking accusers, has denied the allegations but says he is considering selling the team.
The Commandars are one of the most notable franchises in one of the most popular sports leagues in the world. The Commanders have won three Super Bowls (in 1983, 1988 and 1992) and the team is located in the gigantic Washington market, in the federal capital.
The NFL is the highest-rated powerhouse on American TV and has been a hit for Amazon Prime Video, which is the exclusive home of “Thursday Night Football.”
Jay Marine, Prime Video’s head of sports, wrote in an internal memo in September that the debut “exceeded all of our viewership expectations” and led to “the largest three hours of US Prime memberships in Amazon history.”
Source: CNN Brasil
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