“Why is Dan Snyder still an NFL team owner? And how has he managed to survive allegations of a toxic club culture, sexual harassment, accounting misdeeds and the bungling of a new stadium proposal?” That’s a question posed by Don Van Natta Jr and others in an ESPN investigative report. Here’s the short answer. We’re living in an age of a**holes and Dan Snyder is particularly suited to thrive in this environment. The slightly longer answer is that the only way that a professional team owner gets squeezed out is if the other owners decide they’ve had enough. Dan Snyder knows this, so he’s been preparing. When he feels cornered, he “paces in a hotel suite, or on his superyacht, or at River View, his $48 million Virginia estate. Cradling a drink in one hand, he tells members of his inner circle about the dirt he has accumulated on fellow owners, coaches, executives, even his own employees — all the stuff he’s learned from other sources, including private investigative firms. He never says exactly what he knows, only that in his 23 years as owner of the Washington Commanders, he knows a lot. And that in the zero-sum world of billionaires, this is how you survive. Snyder recently told a close associate that he has gathered enough secrets to ‘blow up’ several NFL owners, the league office and even commissioner Roger Goodell. ‘They can’t f— with me.'” It’s too bad he’s not as good at owning a football team as he is at digging up dirt. What’s the fun of being an NFL owner when just about every player, fan, journalist, and cheerleader can’t stand you? If he wants to live this kind of life, Snyder might as well run for office. Snyder recently told an associate: “The NFL is a mafia. All the owners hate each other.” Another owner responded: “That’s not true. All the owners hate Dan.” That probably hurts. But don’t worry. Snyder will just rub some dirt on it.