Magic Johnson Joins Josh Harris-led Group as Commanders’ Co-owner
It’s lastly official. The long-awaited sale of the Washington Commanders soccer franchise is lastly within the books.
Throughout a particular league assembly in Bloomington, Minnesota, Thursday, the NFL group homeowners unanimously accepted a bunch led by Josh Harris to buy the franchise. It got here at a hefty price ticket – a record-breaking $6.05 billion. Harris and his group bought the franchise from former proprietor Daniel Snyder, who owned the native group since 1999 when he purchased it from the late Jack Kent Cooke for $800 million in 1999.
Harris’s group consists of NBA Corridor of Famer Earvin Magic Johnson and billionaire Mitchell Rales, who, like Harris, is from Maryland. There are 20 restricted companions within the Harris group, slightly below the NFL possession restrict of 25. Every associate needed to be vetted for monetary and safety causes.
Johnson wrote in a tweet following the announcement, “God is so good…I nonetheless can’t imagine it! I’m at present residing in an answered prayer. Since starting my journey as an athlete and now businessman and group proprietor, it’s all been a dream that has come full circle. I grew up taking part in soccer as a child, I’m an enormous NFL fan, and I watch video games each week. Now, I get to co-own a storied franchise, the Washington Commanders.”
Remembering the Commanders’ Glory Days
Through the 80s and early nineties, the hometown group was among the many most revered within the NFL, successful 4 Tremendous Bowls and 5 NFC championships. The group was so fashionable that there was an unbelievable ready checklist of followers vying to buy season tickets.
Following the acquisition of the group by Snyder, issues modified dramatically. It was fraught with a number of teaching adjustments, a carousel of quarterbacks, and failure to make the playoffs.
At a press convention saying the acquisition, Harris instructed reporters, “As a lifelong Washington soccer fan that grew up in Chevy Chase, I’m extremely excited and humbled by the chance to serve alongside my companions as stewards of this nice franchise on behalf of Washington DC.”
“Considered one of my first recollections as a toddler was strolling down east Capitol Avenue, strolling within the RFK Stadium, listening to the roar of the gang, feeling the rumble,” Harris added. “I grew up watching Sonny Jurgensen, Billy Kilmer, Joe Theismann, Mark Ripkin, and Doug Williams. The Hogs, Joe Gibbs, Darrell Inexperienced, Artwork Monk, and three Tremendous Bowls. And, that’s the Washington, then Redskins, now Commanders, that I bear in mind. This franchise is a part of who I’m and who I’ve develop into as an individual.”
“However being a fan shouldn’t be sufficient to achieve success,” Harris continued. “To achieve success, we perceive that we have to win championships, create a optimistic influence on the neighborhood, and create unbelievable recollections and nice experiences for our fan base, very like I had as a youth rising up in Washington. We’ll have extra to say within the days that come, however in the present day I need to go away it right here.
“To our group and the unbelievable fan base in Washington, a brand new period of Washington soccer is right here. It’s time to get to work,” Harris concluded.
Excessive Hopes for Commander’s Future
“That is the second best day for this proud franchise,” stated Butch “The Coach” McAdams, a D.C. native and sports activities radio host for In and Out of Sports activities on WOL Radio. “The primary was once they defeated the Buffalo Payments within the 1992 Tremendous Bowl. Then catastrophe struck when Dan Snyder took over. He primarily destroyed this franchise. I can’t consider a worst skilled proprietor in sports activities throughout my lifetime.”
McAdams stated, “When the information broke, the very first thing I may consider was Martha and the Vandellas’ tune, “Dancing within the Streets.”
D.C. At-Giant Metropolis Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, a longtime fan, issued the next assertion, partially, on the sale.
“As we speak, we have fun the approval of the acquisition of the Washington Commanders by the Josh Harris Group. This momentous event marks a brand new chapter within the group’s historical past, heralding an thrilling future for each the Washington Commanders and the chances for the Nation’s Capital.
“Beneath the brand new possession, we are able to stay up for the beginning of a strengthened bond between the Washington Commanders and their passionate fan base,” McDuffie added. “With a renewed concentrate on neighborhood engagement and social influence initiatives, the group’s presense within the nation’s capital has the potential to increase far past the taking part in discipline.
“I want the Josh Harris Group, the gamers, and the loyal followers all the perfect because the group begins a brand new chapter.”
“I’m inspired by the brand new possession,” famous Romanda Noble-Watson, a DC native who serves as communications director for highschool athletics. “Now the group can return to being the one we could be pleased with. As followers, all of us need the group to do properly. This can be a good begin.”
The Commanders completed 8-8-1 final season, in final place within the NFC East. Beneath the brand new management, the group’s first exhibition recreation will probably be on August 11 in Cleveland towards the Browns. Followers will get an opportunity to see the group when it begins the common season at dwelling on September 10 once they host the Arizona Cardinals.