Washington leaders deny financial wrongdoing in letter to Federal Trade Commission

Friedman, through his attorney, stood by his testimony and said he would answer follow-up questions from any of the government agencies that review the team’s activities.

“My client is also willing to publicly defend himself against these baseless allegations if Mr. Snyder allows him to,” his attorneys, Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, said, referring to team owner Daniel Snyder. “In the meantime, we will communicate directly with the team about these clearly false allegations.”

In March, Friedman testified before the committee about a practice he said some team executives called “juicing,” in which revenue from NFL game tickets was reported as coming from other events held on the team’s stadium in order to reduce The amount of ticket revenue was required to share with the other 31 NFL teams.

One example he gave involved licensing fees for college games or concerts that took place at the team’s stadium in Maryland. In testimony cited by the committee in its letter to the Federal Trade Commission, Friedman said team executives kept one set of books with the revised numbers they submitted to the NFL and a second set with accurate accounting shown to Snyder.

Snyder, through a representative, declined to comment.

In a report Monday to the FTC, the team said that its auditors, as well as the NFL’s auditors, have access to all revenue, including from non-NFL events, and would have discovered such a discrepancy had it existed. Specifically responding to Friedman’s claim that $162,360 from Commanders games was classified as college game revenue, the team provided screenshots of emails it claims show that the money was correctly listed as NFL team revenue.

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Friedman also testified that in his role he oversaw the processing of security deposits paid by season ticket holders and that after Snyder bought the team in 1999, the team intentionally made it difficult for ticket holders to recover their refundable payments. He alleged that the Leaders Organization withheld $5 million of these deposits.

Washington disputed these claims, saying it converted about $200,000 in security deposits into revenue, but only after those customers defaulted on their payments. Leaders said that in 2014 alone, they returned security deposits of about 750, or half of dormant accounts, and over time returned more than $2 million.

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