Commanders deny allegations of withholding ticket revenue


The Commanders released a statement on Monday in which the franchise denied an allegation made before a congressional committee that the organization withheld ticket revenue from the other 31 NFL teams.

"There has been absolutely no withholding of ticket revenue at any time by the Commanders," a team spokesperson said. "Those revenues are subject to independent audits by multiple parties. Anyone who offered testimony suggesting a withholding of revenue has committed perjury, plain and simple."

The specific ticket revenue allegation was first revealed in a story from Front Office Sports published Saturday that cited multiple sources. 

On Monday, The Athletic reported that Jason Friedman, an ex-vice president of sales and customer service who worked for the team for nearly 25 years until 2020, recently testified in front of the Oversight Committee about "alleged financial malfeasance." 

An NFL spokesman declined comment on either The Athletic or Front Office Sports stories. Both followed last Thursday's Washington Post piece that first reported possible financial improprieties by the Commanders.

The NFL requires its organizations share 40% of ticket sales from each home game with the league. From there, the NFL sends the funds to the visiting clubs. A source told Front Office Sports that the House Committee on Oversight and Reform "received information" from at least one person that Washington failed to hand over the "full 40%."


Shortly after the Commanders' Monday statement, Lisa Banks, an attorney who represents Friedman as well as nearly 40 female ex-employees who endured a "toxic" work environment under former team executives, answered with one of her own.

"The Washington Commanders just released a statement to members of the media. In that statement, they defamed my client, Jason Friedman, who came forward at the request of the Congressional Oversight Committee and testified truthfully, with evidence. Unfortunately, Mr. Friedman is unable to defend himself publicly due to contractual constraints that prevent him from speaking freely. He would be happy to recount his testimony if Dan Snyder and the Washington Commanders allow him to do so. I await their response."

The team responded on Thursday to that original Washington Post story alleging financial improprieties with this statement:

"The team is not aware of any investigation by the House Oversight Committee regarding financial matters, despite vague and unsubstantiated claims [Thursday] by anonymous sources. The team categorically denies any suggestion of financial impropriety of any kind at any time. We adhere to strict internal processes that are consistent with industry and accounting standards, are audited annually by a globally respected independent auditing firm, and are also subject to regular audits by the NFL. We continue to cooperate fully with the Committee’s work."