A letter from a congressional committee details Washington’s alleged tactics, largely based on its March interview with Jason Friedman, who worked for the team for 24 years and most recently served as vice president of sales and customer service. also the supporting documentation it is submitted. According to the team, Friedman was fired in October 2020 for poor work and inappropriate behavior. He testified to the committee about a practice he said some team leaders called “squeezing the juice” in which money was deliberately misallocated in the team’s accounting system and used for other purposes.
Friedman provided the committee with two email exchanges, from April 2013 and May 2014, in which he said he had consulted with Washington team leaders about transferring NFL ticket revenue to other categories that would not fall under the league’s revenue-sharing program, such as licensing. fees for student games or concerts held at the team’s stadium in Maryland. In testimony cited in the letter, Friedman said team leaders kept one set of books with changed numbers submitted to the NFL and a second set with accurate records that was shown to Snyder.
Friedman, who said he oversaw the processing of collateral, also told the committee that after Snyder bought the team in 1999, the team deliberately made it difficult for ticket holders to return their refundable deposits. While the team stopped collecting deposits for most leases about a year after Snyder became the owner, Friedman shared with the committee information exported from the team’s electronic database to confirm his claim that as of July 2016, the team kept deposits about 2,000 accounts totaling about $ 5 million.
The letter includes screenshots of a spreadsheet that Friedman provided to the committee to catalog these ticket holders ’accounts, including one in Goodell’s name with an unpaid deposit of about $ 1,000. The committee wrote that the deposit appears to have been collected before Goodell became commissioner in 2006, and that he did not specify when it was paid and whether the amount was returned.
Friedman further testified that his boss ordered him to convert unclaimed deposits into “juice” on Snyder’s orders, especially when the team’s sales fall. Snyder instructed to stop the practice around 2017, the Friedman Committee said.
There was no other evidence in the letter that directly linked the scheme to Snyder.
In a statement, the Republican representative on the Oversight Committee denied the allegations in the letter. Democrats on the committee, he said, “attacked a private company using the claims of a disgruntled former employee who had limited access to team finances, was fired for violating team policies and has his own history of creating a toxic workplace environment.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league continues to work with the committee and has provided more than 210,000 pages of documents. The League has appointed Mary Joe White, a former federal prosecutor, to “address serious issues raised by the committee,” including allegations of financial inconsistencies made in the letter.
The letter was sent ten months after the league fined the Washington team $ 10 million and forced Snyder to leave the team for months after a separate investigation found evidence of harassment against women at the team’s friend’s office.