Dan Snyder Feb 2, 2022; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Commanders co-owner Dan Snyder speaks as co-owner Tanya Snyder (L) listens during a press conference revealing the Commanders as the new name for the formerly named Washington Football Team at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

NFL owners are expected to convene next week to vote on the final sale of the Washington Commanders from current owner Dan Snyder.

An investment group led by Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils owner Josh Harris is expected to spend $6.05 billion to acquire the storied franchise.

However, according to a report from The Washington Post, the sale faces major legal issues in its final days relating to the NFL investigation into Snyder and the fallout that led to the Las Vegas Raiders firing former head coach Jon Gruden.

“According to one of the people with knowledge of the deliberations, the complications are related at least in part to legal issues pertaining to the leaking of emails that led to the October 2021 resignation of Jon Gruden as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders,” The Post reported.

Whether this is a power play by Snyder to squeeze a few more concessions from the NFL in the closing hours is unknown.

“That person described the complications as ‘significant’ and ‘not just some small snag,’ expressing the view that the issues could delay the owners’ approval of the sale and the closing of the deal if they’re not resolved,” The Post noted.

“But the person also left open the possibility that Snyder and his attorneys merely are attempting to extract last-minute concessions from the NFL on legal indemnification related to Gruden’s lawsuit against the league, and the issues will be resolved in time for the owners to ratify the deal as expected next Thursday.”

Snyder is reportedly not seeking indemnification from the other owners for his own liability but is unwilling to indemnify the league and other owners from liability relating to the Gruden case.

According to The Post, Snyder’s lawyers don’t think he should be liable for any actions taken by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with that case.

Only time will tell how it all plays out, especially since the NFL definitely wants to rid itself of Snyder.

The NFL world was quick to react to the news:

[Washington Post]