Could Amazon Billionaire Jeff Bezos Be Interested in Purchasing the Lions?
Billionaire Amazon owner Jeff Bezos wants to join an exclusive club.
According to a CBS Sports report, Bezos is seriously interested in becoming the owner of an NFL franchise.
According to Jason La Canfora, Bezos has, in recent years, built close relationships with several current owners.
In fact, he even watched last year’s Super Bowl with commissioner Roger Goodell in Goodell's suite.
Bezos is moving to Washington in the near future and one of the close relationships he has fostered is with Redskins owner Dan Snyder.
Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford recently turned 94.
According to financial experts, it is not likely Ms. Ford sells the team in the near future due to the large capital gains taxes that would be owed.
For simple financial reasons, the family's best interest is to remain part of the Lions' ownership group until Ms. Ford passes away.
Then, the remaining heirs can decide if they want to sell the team.
They would amass a larger financial return at that point than if Ms. Ford sells the team right now.
At this time, the Broncos and Seahawks are two franchises that could be on the market soon, according to La Canfora.
Regarding Jeff Bezos' ownership interests, La Canfora wrote the following:
"Regardless, he is someone who will be increasingly tied to potential franchise sales in the coming years, league sources said, and on a short list of those who could quickly execute a complicated transaction of that nature in short order."
The Lions are currently not for sale, but if the stars align in the future, the Amazon owner has the means and support to quickly purchase the team.
Could the Lions be prime for new ownership in the near future?
With 112 billion dollars, Bezos could make the Ford family an offer that it can't refuse.
For now, the Lions find themselves the subject of heavy scrutiny and criticism due to their poor win-loss record.
It’s time to focus on the football side with the Dallas Cowboys visiting Ford Field this Sunday.