Months after officially joining as a co-owner, Magic Johnson ready to cheer on Commanders for NFL season opener

After winning their last Super Bowl title back in 1991, the Washington Commanders lost their charm in the NFL. The Commanders last managed to win a playoff game in the 2005 season, their presence in the league has been largely underwhelming ever since.

The 24-year ownership of Dan Snyder, the Washington Commanders’ former owner, had been full of disappointments. Following its acquisition by Magic Johnson and Josh Harris’ group, the Commanders team along with their new owners, are sensing a bright future ahead of their first regular season campaign.

Magic Johnson is thrilled to debut as Commanders

The Washington Commanders are going to host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. The team’s new owner and NBA legend Magic Johnson took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to voice his excitement ahead of their kickoff match.

“Cookie (his wife Cookie Johnson) and I are so excited to watch the Washington Commanders take on the Arizona Cardinals tomorrow at our first game as new owners of the Commanders. The fans are excited, the city is on fire, and the players are definitely ready. Go Commanders!”

The five-time NBA champion also got excited earlier when his new team ended the Baltimore Ravens’ 24-game winning streak in the preseason games. Just a few days ago, he talked to the Washington Commanders’ players and coaches, as well as answered questions for almost 40 minutes to shed light on the characteristics that they required to emulate as a champion team. The franchise is coming off a poor 8-8-1 overall record in 2022.

The ex-NBA star’s team is reportedly seven-point favorites to beat the Cardinals in the Week 1 match, and only the Baltimore Ravens (-10) are bigger favorites than the franchise in this run.

Magic Johnson officially joined Commanders as a co-owner

The NFL owners unanimously approved the $6.05 billion purchase of the Washington-based team back in July, making Johnson the franchise’s first Black co-owner. Following the move, the veteran star could not contain his happiness and took to social media to boast of his successful sports career both as a player and an owner.

“God is so good…I still can’t believe it! I am currently living in an answered prayer. Since beginning my journey as an athlete and now businessman and team owner, it’s all been a dream that has come full circle. I grew up playing football as a kid, I’m a huge NFL fan, and I watch games every week. Now, I get to co-own a storied franchise, the Washington Commanders.”

However, it is not the 63-year-old’s first foray into team ownership as he owns a minority stake in the Los Angeles Dodgers and holds stakes in the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks as well as Los Angeles FC of the MLS.

What’s your prediction regarding the Commanders vs. Cardinals match? Tell us in the comments.


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Maliha is an insightful sports writer with over a year of experience focusing on the NFL. Initially venturing into both NFL and NBA coverage, her journey began without a particular affinity for American football. However, her passion for the sport blossomed as she started following football more. Now, a huge NFL fan, Maliha meticulously follows every development within the league. She always wants to ensure her analysis is comprehensive and up-to-date to fellow readers.


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