Jan 2, 2020; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and his wife Tanya look on as head coach Ron Rivera speaks during his introductory press conference at Inova Sports Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Tanya Snyder named co-CEO of Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team named Tanya Snyder as co-chief executive officer of the franchise on Tuesday.

Snyder will hold that title along with her husband Dan Snyder. They are also co-owners of the franchise.

She joins Amy Trask (Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders) and Kim Pegula (Buffalo Bills) among the female chief executives in NFL history.

Amy Adams Strunk assumed the role of controlling owner of the Tennessee Titans in March 2015 and serves as the co-chairman of the franchise’s board of directors.

“This team is our family’s legacy,” Tanya Snyder said in a statement. “We are at a pivotal point in the history of this team as we work to become the gold standard of NFL franchises. The co-CEO titles reflect our approach to that effort. It is a natural progression, but it’s important to formally recognize the diversity of opinion and perspective that informs everything we do. In my new role, I’ll be positioned to ensure the core values that are central to our philanthropy permeate the entire organization and bring us closer to realizing our goals.”

Tanya Snyder has headed the team’s philanthropic efforts since the couple purchased the team for $800 million in 1999. The franchise is now worth $3.5 billion and brings in roughly $500 million in annual revenue, according to Forbes.

She has led the Washington Football Charitable Foundation since 2000 and founded the “Women of Washington” fan club in 2011. A breast cancer survivor, Tanya Snyder also helped introduce the NFL’s “Think Pink” campaign in 1999.

“Tanya is one of the most important figures in this organization, and that has only become more true over the last 18 months as her involvement has deepened,” Dan Snyder said in a statement. “Publicly, many know Tanya for her incredible and impactful work in breast cancer awareness and her leadership of our charitable foundation. But behind the scenes, she has had a profound impact on the direction of the Washington Football Team. She was instrumental in our decision to evolve the brand and modernize our fan experience — including the entertainment team.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 15, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder looks over the field before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

NFL to oversee investigation into Washington Football Team

The NFL will now oversee the investigation into the Washington Football Team, with the organization saying Monday the change was at its own suggestion.

Acclaimed D.C. attorney Beth Wilkinson is investigating sexual-harassment allegations against the team. Wilkinson was hired by the club at the suggestion of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after a story by the Washington Post included multiple sexual-harassment claims.

According to ESPN, Goodell informed Washington Football Team owner Daniel Snyder of the NFL’s plans to oversee the process, with Snyder saying he had a part in the change.

“Recently, The Washington Football Team launched an independent third-party investigation into allegations about our culture and incidents of harassment,” Snyder said in a release. “In conversations with Commissioner Goodell, (it was) suggested that the NFL assume full oversight of the investigation so that the results are thorough, complete and trusted by the fans, the players, our employees and the public.

“I appreciate Commissioner Goodell agreeing to our suggestion and the entire Washington Football Team remains committed to fully cooperating with all aspects of the investigation.”

The Washington Post talked to 40 women who were former employees of the team about the treatment of women.

A new story by the newspaper last week indicated that a video, which included partially nude team cheerleaders, was created for Snyder after a 2008 swimsuit photograph shoot. Snyder said he never saw such a video and did not request that one be made.

–Field Level Media

Sep 15, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder looks over the field before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Snyder under pressure from minority owners

Controversy continues to envelop the Washington Football Team, with a Wall Street Journal report indicating Friday that minority ownership partners are trying to pressure majority owner Daniel Snyder to sell his stake in the club.

There have been no indications that Snyder is even remotely interested in ending his 21-year tenure as the football team’s owner.

A total of 40 percent of the team is owned by minority partners Fred Smith, Robert Rothman and Dwight Schar. The WSJ report indicated that the three owners have hired an investment firm to sell their portions of the longtime NFL franchise.

The team, and the minority shares, though, would be worth much more if they were sold together. Potential buyers have walked away, according to the report, over Snyder’s reluctance to part with his stake in the franchise.

The Washington Football Team has been in turmoil off the field. Not only did the franchise remove its controversial nickname following sponsor threats, the organization is also conducting an internal investigation into sexual harassment and verbal abuse claims by female employees.

Now comes word of a lawsuit filed by Snyder this week claiming “a defamatory and false story” was revealed about him by a current team investor, according to an NBC Sports report.

Snyder purchased the team for a reported $800 million from the estate of former owner Jack Kent Cooke in 1999. Last year, Forbes estimated the value of the team at $3.4 billion, seventh highest in the NFL.

–Field Level Media