Jay-Z expands empire, eyes NFL’s Washington commanders with Jeff Bezos

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Jay-Z attends the "The Great Gatsby" world premiere at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on May 1, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Jay-Z is planning to expand his vast empire from music to sports, and he is not doing so alone; he has partnered with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to acquire the Washington Commanders, an NFL team.

According to reports, this is the first time the rapper has expressed an interest in purchasing an NFL team. However, this is his second time collaborating with the league.

In 2019, he was looking to acquire a “significant ownership interest” in an NFL team, and he already has a partnership with them: his company Roc Nation is in charge of producing the iconic Super Bowl Halftime shows.

The 52-year-old has served as the NFL’s live music entertainment strategist while assisting in social justice efforts.

According to reports, Jay-Z is one of many interested in buying an NFL team. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has also expressed interest in purchasing the Washington Commanders, possibly in collaboration with Jay-Z.

This has been a long time for both parties, as reports indicate that the multibillionaire has been interested since 2019, but there were no teams for sale.

Bezos is “looking into buying the Washington Commanders,” according to a source after Dan and Tanya Snyder announced their intention to sell the team.

It’s not surprising that Jay-Z wants to get more involved in the sport; after all, the National Football League is one of the country’s most powerful and influential sports leagues.

His name will be forever associated with one of the most successful and impactful performances of all time, the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show, which won several awards.

At the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2022, it won Outstanding Variety Live Special, Outstanding Music Direction for a Variety Special, Outstanding Music Direction, and Outstanding Production Design for a Variety Special.

The iconic performance featured Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, and Anderson. Paak. It was a historical performance that paid homage to hip-hop music.

Many credit Jay-Z as the brains behind the whole thing, as he was the one who brought in the artist. According to reports, he was the one who convinced Dr. Dre to perform in the first place.

Jay-Z, born Shawn Corey Carter, was born in New York City. In 1996, he rose to prominence by releasing his studio album “Seasonable Doubt.”