Q & A CAFE
Carol Joynt lunches with Dan Snyder
Since Dan Snyder took over the team in 1999, the Redskins have not won a single playoff game. However, he has managed to turn the team into a very profitable one. The Redskins are the most profitable franchise in the NFL which speaks to how Snyder lures the very passionate Redskins’ fans to FedEx Field each season. He shared that same passion for the team with Carol Joynt while at a Nathans community lunch.
Carol Joynt: You’ve said you’ve been an entrepreneur since you were seventeen. Will you tell us a little something about your career from seventeen on?
Dan Snyder: I was a bad student, so I went to a community college and then went to the University of Maryland for, I guess a year. I remember one of my teachers saying in a business class, “You’re not in this class.” I said, ‘I am.” He said, “This is the final exam. Why are you here?” I said, “To take it.” I took that exam, I don’t think I did very well. I wasn’t a good student, I was more of a rebel from that standpoint.
CJ: What kind of businesses did you get into?
CJ: You were also in the communications industry
in a big way, weren’t you?
CJ: Are the Redskins your primary work now?
CJ: When was the moment you knew you had Joe
Gibbs and how did you know? What did you feel inside?
CJ: How many times a day do you talk to him?
CJ: Do you ever workout with the team?
CJ: Did you know Jack Kent Cooke well?
CJ: How is your style different from Jack Kent Cooke’s?
DS: I have a bunch of hobbies. I like to ski and
getaway during the off-season. I primarily spend
time with my family. I have little kids and spend
time with them.
DS: I want to beat the Cowboys. I want to run
up the score.
DS: Dan Rooney (of the Pittsburgh Steelers), he’s a
good friend. Pat Mullen, of the Denver Broncos.
DS: I am not a big baseball person, and I am not sure it works here in Washington. It’s tough and it hasn’t worked twice before. Everyone seems to go away in August. I went to a hockey game last year and I finally learned what the blue lines are. It took me an hour to learn that.
CJ: What are the most important lessons that you
have learned since owning the Redskins?
CJ: Does it make a difference to you whether the
Washington fans like you?
CJ: Do you think you are starting to grow on people?
CJ: Can you eat or drink anything during the game?
CJ: Do you talk to anyone during the game?
CJ: Under what circumstances would you sell the
Second in an exclusive series by Carol Nathans Community Lunches.