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- Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos may be considering buying the Seattle Seahawks, according to a Washington Post report.
- While the Seahawks aren’t up for sale, the team might be looking for new ownership after the death of Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen in 2018.
- The purchase would be a feasible one for the richest man in the world: NFL teams can cost as much as $2.3 billion, but Bezos is worth an estimated $110 billion.
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Jeff Bezos may be eyeing his next big purchase, and it’s right in Amazon’s backyard.
The CEO is interested in buying the Seattle Seahawks, according to “a person familiar with the NFL’s thinking” who spoke with The Washington Post. Amazon did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on the report.
While the Seahawks aren’t up for sale, they might be looking for new ownership. The Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, who bought the team in 1997, died last year after complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
And Bezos does appear to be a sports fan. He attended the men’s Wimbledon final in July and was spotted at the Super Bowl in February. Though the Seahawks weren’t playing, he posed for a picture with his brother, Mark, and Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin, both of whom play for Seattle. The photo racked up over 2,000 likes and dozens of comments, including one that said: “Please tell me this is a sign @jeffbezos is buying @seahawks ????????????????.”
The Post noted that if Bezos were to go through with the purchase, he would join a long line of tech executives who own sports teams. Mark Cuban owns the Dallas Mavericks; Ted Leonsis, a former AOL executive, owns the Washington Wizards, Mystics, and Capitals; and Steve Ballmer, a former Microsoft executive, owns the Los Angeles Clippers.
Allen’s family also owns the Portland Trail Blazers and is a minority owner of the Seattle Sounders soccer team. And up until 2016, Nintendo had a stake in the Seattle Mariners, the city’s MLB team; Howard Lincoln, Nintendo of America’s former chairman, served as the team’s chairman and CEO for 17 years.