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Snyder predicts record crowd on Sunday

Daniel Snyder's offseason-long media exposure party continued this week, as the Redskins owner scored the cover story of Montgomery Life magazine and appeared live on CNBC's The Strategy Session to talk about the NFL and finances.

Though actually, during that CNBC bit he was too pumped up about the upcoming Cowboys game to talk about anything else. Here's what he said when asked about the current economic environment.

"I think things are tough out there, and this economy is difficult right now," Snyder said. "It's sort of bumping along a little bit. Right now all I'm doing is looking forward to playing Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx field. That's the only thing I'm thinking about right now. We're looking forward to this season."

Here's what he said when asked about international expansion.

"I think that Roger Goodell, our commissioner, really has got his sights set on expanding the league in the future," Snyder said. "I'll just support him and I hope right now we just look forward to this season. That's all we're thinking about right at this moment though."

Here's what he said when asked about revenue projections in 2027.

"I don't know," he said. "All I'm thinking about is Sunday, so 2027 sounds like a long way off."

And here's what he said when asked about reports concerning declining NFL attendance.

"We've been fortunate here at the Redskins, we think we'll have a record crowd this weekend, this Sunday night for the Dallas Cowboy game," Snyder said. "And from my personal perspective, we feel that it's been going pretty well here, even though we've had a tough season last year. We're looking forward to getting it going now. Overall, obviously the economy, we're all susceptible to it, and it's taken a little bit of time to get it to go in the right direction, but it's gonna be pretty good in the future."

Snyder also said he's "never been involved or interested at all" in buying the Washington Times, praised the NFL's competitive balance, and talked about how important live content is to content distributors. Oh, and when he was asked to predict the AFC's Super Bowl participant, he said he was excited about Sunday.

"We're looking forward to getting the Redskins going right now, and this season and this Sunday it all kicks it off for us," he said. "We hope to have over 90,000, a record at FedEx Field, and just hopefully beat them Cowboys."

As for the Montgomery Life profile, you can read it here. Snyder talked about growing up a Redskins fan, and building his business portfolio, and his charity work and devotion to the D.C. area. His daughters are both mentioned by name, which is not something I ever remember happening. And he again described sports ownership as a "stewardship," like so:

"This is not really a business as much as stewardship. It's an honor." An honor that he admits can be "heartbreaking," but also "wonderfully fulfilling."

This fits in nicely with Ted Leonsis -- who has written that "owning a team is a public trust" -- and with Mark Lerner -- who has said that owning the Nats is "a trusteeship for the city."

Also, Snyder introduced himself to the Montgomery Life reporter as Dan, saying "Mr. Snyder was my father."

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 7, 2010; 1:07 PM ET
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Someone has a new good PR person that he is listening to. Obviously points 1-10 on the list were "looking forward to Sunday."

Posted by: dcborn61 | September 7, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey, it was on CNBC, and the game is Sunday on NBC. What a coincidence.

Posted by: Cosmo06 | September 7, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

He's like a robot in this interview...obviously he was coached by some PR flack. What a joke -- The guy is now and always will be a disingeniuos little creep.

Posted by: dbunkr | September 7, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I agree, he's creepy! ;)

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | September 7, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I again point out there is NOTHING he can do to change the fact that his "stewardship" has ruined our cities NFL Franchise. He does NOTHING unless it's got his bottom lines' interest in mind. "Hey, nobody likes any of our players, let's market the oldtimers!" KA-CHING!!!!

What is he focussed on for Sunday? Hanging out with Jerry Jones some more? Watching from his Ivory Tower on how to milk more money out of his fan base? He has seen no downturn in the economy.

Posted by: Leeguru | September 7, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I was at the Tech-Boise State game last night. I've never seen that stadium so crowded. Never. I think he got his record crowd, and it was last night.

Posted by: rodeorob | September 7, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The biggest question is how did it take more than a decade for Dan Snyder to actually get some good PR advice? Was Cerrato in charge of that, too?

Snyder is a guy who was so clueless a few years ago that when he was inducted into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame at a charity event at the JCC in Rockville, instead of recording a video talking about himself, his feelings about the Redskins and growing up a fan, thanking his family, etc., (something every other honoree did)he didn't even bother and had Joe Gibbs do a video praising him instead. At least someone is finally guiding Dan on the right path.

Posted by: TheFingerman | September 7, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

It does say a lot when a university that's nearly a 5 hour drive from Landover provided the best crowd in the stadium's history.

Posted by: Kev29 | September 7, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Nice that Snyder's learning a bit of PR. The guy has been remarkably clueless on such matters. But the plain fact is that you can polish a piece of crap all you want, but it still stinks..............

Posted by: poguesmahone | September 7, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

"Hopefully beat the Cowboys?"

How about "hopefully" we can score a TD against them?

Posted by: Scoonie97 | September 7, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

A billionaire can't answer a few easy questions on the economy, oh thats right its Snyder, the man has the personality of a roof shingle.

Posted by: DCFanatic | September 7, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

"I think things are tough out there, and this economy is difficult right now," Snyder said. "It's

how the hell would he know if its tough out there...cos he paid haynesworth 32 million out of his 2.9 billion?

paleeeeze...give out free tickets to the game and ill take that seriously

Posted by: mrhney03 | September 7, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

This guy will always be an asshat. How insulting to the fans of the NFL to come out with this complete opposite persona, Obviously he was coached to the hilt. It is so embarrassing.

""Mr. Snyder was my father." Geeshh...uh, has that line been used, oh, say by 5 million people?

Posted by: peauxsucent | September 8, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

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