“It was very positive,” one source told the Post.
“It went really well. It’s not done yet. But unless something crazy happens, it’s going to get done and it will get approved.”
Harris continued to pledge to make the requested adjustments to his deal. If that process is completed as anticipated, that person said, the finance committee will recommend approval of the deal to the owners, who could vote to ratify it in mid- to late July, that person said.
The deal must be approved by 24 of the 32 owners, who generally follow the finance committee’s recommendation. So the endorsement of the committee would virtually ensure that Harris will become the Commanders’ next owner.
Harris was accompanied at Wednesday’s meeting by Mitchell Rales, a top investor in the prospective ownership group. Harris declined to comment afterward. But he and others in the group accompanying him clearly were upbeat following the meeting; they exchanged enthusiastic handshakes before leaving.
The meeting took place at the league’s offices in Manhattan and came after Harris, a private equity investor who owns the NBA’s Sixers and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, offered assurances to the finance committee that he would make the requested adjustments to his deal, according to three people familiar with the deliberations.
Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, the chairman of the finance committee, declined to comment as he arrived for the meeting around 2 p.m. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, who are members of the committee, also were seen arriving for the meeting.
Harris reached a signed, exclusive agreement with Snyder on May 12 after a nonexclusive version of the deal had been submitted to the NFL for an informal review.