Biggest 2020 storylines: Turmoil, chaos and serious accusations mar Washington Football ownership struggles

JP Finlay
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Biggest 2020 storylines: accusations mar Washington Football ownership struggles originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Dan Snyder bought the Washington Football Team in 1999, and while his tenure has produced just two playoff wins in 20 years, there's never been any question about his grip on the team.

Until now. 

Washington's controlling owner is under fire from three of his minority partners that own 40 percent of the team. The three partners - Dwight Schar, Fred Smith and Robert Rothmann - have secured a buyer for their shares, but Snyder is attempting to block the sale. 

Snyder and Schar are in the middle of a legal war, waged on two different continents, with charges of extortion and ugly accusations of seedy actions flying out of redacted documents at an alarming pace. 

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All of that casts a shadow over an NFL investigation into a culture of sexual harassment and toxicity allowed to fester during Snyder's two-decade run as owner. Officially, Snyder encouraged the investigation and cleaned house of his business and football executives, but a series of reports from The Washington Post continue to paint a disturbing picture. 

A most recent Post report shows that Snyder paid $1.6 million to settle a 2009 harassment case where he was directly implicated; a charge Snyder called "meritless."

Add all of that up and the ownership structure in Washington is a mess. 

It's possible this all plays out to Snyder's benefit and he's able to buy out his partners and take nearly 100 percent control of the team. It's also possible things take a very different turn depending what happens with the NFL Investigation. 

Considering the amount of legal activity, and the financial resources available to the key players in this drama, don't expect a quick finish. 

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