Congress tells FTC commanders they may have broken financial laws

WASHINGTON – The Oversight Committee of the US House of Representatives sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission saying it had found evidence that the NFL’s Washington Commanders engaged in unlawful financial conduct.

In the letter, obtained by The Associated Press, the committee said the team withheld ticket receipts from visiting teams and refundable ticket deposits from season ticket holders.

The committee said emails, documents and statements from former employees indicate team leader and owner Dan Snyder was involved in “a disturbing, prolonged and potentially unlawful pattern of financial conduct.”

The committee shares documents with the FTC and urges the commission to take whatever action is necessary to ensure the money is returned to its rightful owners.

Congress opened an investigation into the team’s workplace misconduct after the league failed to release a report containing the findings of an independent investigation into the matter. According to former employees, this investigation expanded to include the organization’s finances.


Attorneys Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, representing more than 40 former employees, including some who have testified, called the letter “damn.”

“It is clear that the team’s misconduct goes well beyond the already documented sexual harassment and abuse of employees and has also impacted the bottom line of the NFL, other NFL owners and the team’s fans,” the statement said . “We are proud of our many clients who have come forward, at great personal risk, to uncover the truth and bring us closer to total transparency about the full extent of the dysfunction at the Washington Commanders.”

The team and league did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.


Associated Press reporter Farnoush Amiri contributed.


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