Congress: Commanders may have broken financial laws

Washington commanders deceived other NFL teams and season ticket holders with financial practices that may have violated the law, according to a letter sent by the House Oversight and Reform Committee to the Federal Trade Commission.

“We are writing to share evidence of concerning business practices by Washington commanders uncovered during the Team Misconduct Committee’s ongoing investigation,” reads the letter, which was obtained and published by the Washington Post. “Evidence obtained by the Committee, including emails, documents and statements from former employees, indicates that senior executives and team owner Daniel Snyder may have engaged in a pattern of financial conduct. disturbing, long-running and potentially illegal campaign that has claimed thousands of lives of supporters of the team and the National Football League.”

The letter claims Commanders withheld millions in refundable security deposits from season ticket holders for more than a decade and took action to prevent customers from collecting those deposits. The letter also claims the team maintained “two sets of books” to underreport certain revenues and avoid sharing profits with other NFL teams.

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