On Tuesday, Dan Snyder and Redskins fans got some bad news. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan informed the team that he would be pulling out of negotiations for a new stadium. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser echoed a similar sentiment, saying the Skins “would have to build their own stadium.”
I was thrilled when I heard the news that DMV lawmakers didn’t give into Snyder’s demands. Ultra-wealthy billionaires demanding that hardworking taxpayers finance their expensive stadiums is one of my biggest pet peeves in sports. From Mark Davis and the Raiders leaving Oakland because the city wouldn’t finance his stadium to the Seattle Supersonics leaving for Oklahoma City, billionaires attempt to hold their host cities hostage in order to fund their lavish stadiums.
And out of all the billionaires, the fact that Dan Snyder, of all people, has the audacity to think people in the state of Maryland owe him a cent is comical. The guy just bought a 100 million dollar yacht but we’re supposed to believe that he can’t pay for a stadium on his own?
Snyder has turned a once proud franchise into a dumpster fire of an organization. In his 20-year tenure as owner, the Redskins have won just two playoff games, and are 139 and 180. If anything, he should be sending checks or handing out free yacht rides to every Redskins fan in the DMV for all of the damage he has done to their team and morale.
Snyder was exposed earlier this year for lying to the fanbase about a “season ticket waiting list,” when in reality they were just removing seats from FedEx field. A man without any sense of integrity, who sued a 73-year-old grandmother because she lost most of her assets in a housing crash and couldn’t afford season tickets, is not a man that deserves to be handed billions of dollars to lead a project for a new stadium.
Everyone who follows football and lives in the greater DMV area knows that FedEx field is an absolute dump, and needs to be relocated. But the issues that lie within the stadium from overpriced parking and tickets that can give away teams a home field atmosphere are all the fault of Dan Snyder. It’s his mess and he has to clean it up.
I commend Governor Hogan and Mayor Bowser for standing up to Dan Snyder. Maybe this will teach him a lesson or he’ll just continue to be an egotistical billionaire- I have money on the latter. #ImpeachSnyder