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Old 07-02-2007, 11:41 PM   #1
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Snyder ranked as league's 5th best owner

SI.com - Writers - Michael Silver: Ranking the NFL owners - Monday July 2, 2007 4:25PM

5. Daniel Snyder, Redskins


Though he has yet to make the Redskins a consistent winner, owner Daniel Snyder has succeeded in making his team one of the most valuable in all of sports.
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If anything, Snyder tries too hard to build a winner. In January '06, when Snyder wooed former Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders with a three-year deal worth more than $2 million annually, it seemed like a great move on paper. Instead, Saunders' philosophy clashed with that of head coach Joe Gibbs, which was one reason the team fell from a playoff appearance in '05 to a 5-11 finish last season. Snyder's zealous mentality also enables Gibbs and VP of football operations Vinny Cerrato to overpay for free agents like Adam Archuleta, Antwaan Randle El and Brandon Lloyd, none of which helps the on-field product.
But hey, at least he's trying. Snyder will get it right eventually, if only because he won't settle for anything less -- a quality far too owners possess. And he is pulling in an enormous profit in the meantime, thanks to his innovative marketing strategies. He's also more of a team player on the league level than you might imagine, as evidenced by his willingness to go along with the revenue-sharing plan that ensured labor peace in the spring of '06.
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Old 07-02-2007, 11:43 PM   #2
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Re: Synder ranked as leagues 5th best owner

aren't the redskins the most valuable franchise at like 1.6 billion?
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Old 07-02-2007, 11:48 PM   #3
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Fair assessment, I'm actually surprised to see him that high.
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Old 07-03-2007, 12:11 AM   #4
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I agree that it was a fair assessment. That is also why, in light of that assessment, I was initially shocked to see #5 next to his name. I agree that he wants to win and is relentlessly dedicated to that end. But his ego go in his way. He thought because he was an avid FAN that he could run a team. No dice. It took him a decade to realize that he has to turn things over to football people. And we still don't have a GM.

But the criteria were: business savvy, devotion to league growth, aggressive pursuit of winning. That in mind, he deserves the #5.
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Old 07-03-2007, 02:01 AM   #5
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Synder definately does some things correct but from what people outside the area tell me, hes kind of viewed like Steinbrenner in NY...just trying to buy a champ every year.
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Old 07-03-2007, 10:01 AM   #6
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This was a very good assessment, ranking owners relative to their worth to the entire NFL. Snyder is one of the better owners in the league. He is one of the most controversial owners also. A lot of fans hate him because they think he just wants to buy a championship. Isn't that a novel idea, "An owner that wants to win!" Don't you think the people in Arizona want to see a championship. Don't you think the people in Arizona want an owner that will invest in his team to put the best product on the field. I will take a Dan Snyder over a Bill Bidwell any day.
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Old 07-03-2007, 10:06 AM   #7
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aren't the redskins the most valuable franchise at like 1.6 billion?

I think we're the most profitable, but the Yanks may be the most valuble.
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Old 07-03-2007, 10:20 AM   #8
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The Skins are valued #1 in all of sports

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I wonder how much it will cost to buy the Expos...
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Old 07-03-2007, 10:33 AM   #10
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Very good assessment. People that bash him typically don't factor in the biz side of thing, or if they do they point out that he gouges fans to pay for overpriced free agents.
I like that it said he'll evenutally get it right. I believe he will, he's too smart & committed not to, plus he's got a hall of famer to learn the business from, somebody that he may actually listen to, rather than the other way around.
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Old 07-03-2007, 10:54 AM   #11
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I think you have it backwards. If anything we are the most valuable in terms of worth and assets, but the yankees are probably more profitable in terms of merchandise sales, tickets (remember there are a LOT more baseball games than football ones), etc. I would like to see some numbers on profitability. But we are without a doubt the most valuable sports franchise in all of the world, at least according the latest Forbes magazine numbers.

Redskins - $1.423 bill according to Aug 2006 numbers which i am sure has increased since those numbers came out
ESPN - Forbes: Five NFL franchises worth over $1 billion - NFL

Manchester U (2007) - $1.453 bill
#1 Manchester United - Forbes.com

New York Yankees (2007) - $1.2 bill #1 New York Yankees - Forbes.com

Real Madrid (2007) - $1.036 bill
#2 Real Madrid - Forbes.com
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I think you have it backwards. If anything we are the most valuable in terms of worth and assets, but the yankees are probably more profitable in terms of merchandise sales, tickets (remember there are a LOT more baseball games than football ones), etc. I would like to see some numbers on profitability. But we are without a doubt the most valuable sports franchise in all of the world, at least according the latest Forbes magazine numbers.

Redskins - $1.423 bill according to Aug 2006 numbers which i am sure has increased since those numbers came out
ESPN - Forbes: Five NFL franchises worth over $1 billion - NFL

Manchester U (2007) - $1.453 bill

#1 Manchester United - Forbes.com

New York Yankees (2007) - $1.2 bill #1 New York Yankees - Forbes.com

Real Madrid (2007) - $1.036 bill
#2 Real Madrid - Forbes.com
Assuming these numbers we are the 2nd most right behind Man U. I think thaty is just the way these numbers are lining up though because the Skins one is from 06.
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Old 07-03-2007, 04:02 PM   #13
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Re: Synder ranked as leagues 5th best owner

Can you imagine where that value would go if we could actually win a few playoff games and *gasp* a championship.

Synder did a good job of taking over a very valuable franchise and making it more valuable, but I don't consider it any stroke of genius. The primary reasons for the Redskins profitability is a large and mostly affluent regional fan base (ticket prices are "affordable" by regional standards), and an enormous and wholly owned stadium in which to pack all those affluent ticket purchasers. Neither of those creations are due to Synder...both came before he bought the team.

Where he has excelled is in the ancillary marketing and sales, e.g., owned media whereby advertizing revenue goes to the team, shrewd local TV distribution contracts, and non-competitive event revenue (beach blitz, etc)...things that all owners could do in theory but don't. Frankly what Snyder has done is pretty simple in terms of revenue extraction, and it doesn't take a genius to market a product on which you have a monopoly.

I'll give credit to Synder the NFL team owner when he wins a ring, until then he's just a good marketer with a confidence problem using his cash to overcome his management shortcomings. Personally, I'd rank him closer to 11 or 12.
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Old 07-03-2007, 04:26 PM   #14
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The piece makes it sound like he went after Saunders in spite of Gibbs. Gibbs was the one who wanted Saunders. The dunderheads who cover the league seem oblivious to the fact that all the football decisions in the last three years have been made by Gibbs. But then they couldn't portray Snyder as the control freak and then where would they be? They rely on on those stock portraits of various figures so they don't have to actually find out what goes on. ESPN is exactly the same. This is more attrocious writing from SI. Every time I click on one of their links, it gets worse.
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Old 07-03-2007, 11:57 PM   #15
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5 is too high. it's about winning, and no matter how expensive it is, a turd is a turd is a turd. let's win something.
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