It's only natural that DC area residents are partisan for this football team. Pro-Football owns and operates the Washington Redskins professional football franchise, one of the more popular and successful teams in the National Football League. The Skins were founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves and moved to Washington, DC, in 1937. The team boasts five NFL championships, including three Super Bowl victories (its last in 1992). Redskins fans cheer their team at FedExField in nearby Landover, Maryland. Daniel Snyder, who made his fortune in marketing and advertising, has owned the team and its home stadium since 1999.
Snyder has outspent most of his rival NFL owners for talented players while compiling a growing list of former head coaches, but for all his efforts the team has failed to perform up to expectations. Former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan became the sixth head coach under Snyder's ownership tenure when he was hired following the 2009 season. Coaching in Denver for 16 seasons, Shanahan led that team to two Super Bowl championships. He replaced Jim Zorn, who was fired after two disappointing seasons.
Snyder purchased the team for about $800 million before selling his Snyder Communications to Paris-based advertising conglomerate Havas. Through Red Zebra Broadcasting, he owns three small, local radio stations and operates the Redskins Radio Network. His RedZone Capital investment unit, meanwhile, owns the Johnny Rockets restaurant chain and has a 60% stake in TV program producer dick clark productions. Snyder was also chairman of troubled amusement park operator Six Flags, which emerged from bankruptcy in 2010. – less