Jeff Bezos attends Super Bowl LIV, poses with Lizzo
Bezos was linked to several NFL teams in the months prior to Super Bowl LIV
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was in attendance at Super Bowl LIV in Miami on Sunday and took time away from watching the game to take a picture with his favorite musician.
The billionaire posted a picture of himself with pop star Lizzo on Twitter. Bezos tweeted that he was the Grammy-winning artist's "biggest fan."
Bezos has had a notable presence at each of the last three Super Bowls. The billionaire unveiled Amazon’s Super Bowl commercial for the “Alexa” voice assistant platform, starring Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, Portia De Rossi. Bezos also attended last year's game in Atlanta and was spotted speaking with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a luxury suite.
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Bezos is rumored to have interest in buying an NFL franchise was linked to several teams in the months prior to Super Bowl LIV. With the average NFL franchise valuation soaring to $2.86 billion as of last September, according to Forbes, Bezos’ vast personal net worth and resources make him an ideal candidate for ownership.
The rumors began in earnest in November, when CBS Sports reported, citing unnamed league sources, that Bezos has spent “considerable” time with Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and could assist him with the construction of a new stadium.
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The report never directly suggested that Bezos was interested in buying the franchise, but noted his close ties to the Washington area. Aside from Amazon’s planned second headquarters in Northern Virginia, Bezos owns the Washington Post and a $23 million mansion in the D.C. area.
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Within hours of the report's publication, a Redskins official affirmed to FOX Business that the team was not for sale and dismissed the notion that Bezos and Snyder were close.
"Mr. Snyder hasn’t seen Jeff Bezos in nearly a decade," the Redskins spokesman said.
Later in November, Bezos was linked to another franchise within his business orbit. The Amazon CEO expressed interest in buying the Seattle Seahawks, Amazon’s hometown team, the Washington Post reported. It's unclear if Bezos’ reported interest progressed to actual negotiations.
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At the time, a source with knowledge of the situation told FOX Business that the Seahawks were not for sale to Bezos or anyone else.
In December, Detroit Lions officials publicly refuted a local media report that Bezos had approached ownership about buying the franchise.
Bezos has yet to publicly address whether he plans to pursue NFL ownership. However, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is among the league's current owners who have indicated Bezos would be welcomed among their ranks.
"I'm sure that, eventually, it would be in everyone's best interests if someone that’s as community-oriented as [Bezos] gets involved in the Seattle situation," Kraft told the Washington Post.