Fans can cry (with joy) in Bye Dan beer to celebrate impending Commanders sale

Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times on

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Not only is Dan Snyder on his way out as owner of the Washington Commanders but also he has been canned.

In fact, creators of the "Bye Dan" beer celebrating his departure cannot keep cans of that craft brew in stock.

"We're up to almost 2,000 individual orders and we're still getting calls for it every day," said Chris Burns, owner of Old Ox Brewery of Ashburn, Va., located less than a mile from Commanders headquarters.

"I've had people crying on the phone just because they're so happy that he's going to be gone."

On March 28, a group led by Josh Harris that includes Magic Johnson submitted their fully financed offer to buy the Washington franchise with reports the bid had met Snyder's asking price.

On May 12, the Harris group came to terms on a deal with Snyder and his family for a record $6.05 billion.


That will be the highest purchase price for a North American professional sports franchise, surpassing the $4.55 billion Walmart heir Robert Walton paid to buy the Denver Broncos last year.

Owners convened in Minnesota this week for their spring meetings. Although the pending sale of the Commanders remained a talking point, no vote was taken before the meetings closed Wednesday.

The league's preference is to have the deal approved before the regular season, according to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, a member of the league finance committee. It takes a three-fourths majority (24 of 32 owners) to approve a team sale.

"There's certain criteria that has to be met, and that's just the way it is," Irsay said during the meetings. "It's not there yet, but it doesn't mean that it can't get there. It's complicated. Put it that way. I could explain it to you, and it wouldn't tell you anything."


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