NFL owners and the CBA
First of a three-part series
The NFL owners who opted out of the last Collective Bargaining Agreement come from various backgrounds. Some are in their 20s (San Francisco's Jed York, who is 29 years old), and others are nonagenarians (Buffalo's Ralph Wilson, 92). Some have controlled their teams for decades, and others are new to the NFL party. One team — the world-champion Packers — has no sole owner but rather thousands of shareholders.
Small markets, big markets ... whatever their differences, they stand supposedly unified in battling the union for a deal that serves their interests better than the previous deal did, in their minds.
But many NFL fans know little beyond the Jerry Joneses, Daniel Snyders and their own local franchises' owners, despite the fact that many of these men will be key figures in the shaping of a new CBA.
Here's a look at all 32 teams' ownership situations, in alphabetical order by franchise:
Owner: William V. Bidwill
Bought team: Became sole owner in 1972; Bidwell family bought franchise in 1932
Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium (completed in 2006)
TV market size: 1.881 million viewers (ranked 12th in country)
2010 Forbes value: $919M (ranked 23rd among NFL franchises)
Bidwill continues to maintain a daily presence with the Cardinals, but in recent years, his 46-year-old son, Michael, has primarily run the team in his role as team president. A native of Chicago, Bill Bidwill presides over the oldest continuously operated professional football franchise, which was founded in 1898. The Cardinals have remained in the Bidwill family since Bill's father, Charles, a prominent Chicago sports figure, purchased the team in 1932. Charles ran the club until his death in 1947. Charles' wife, Violet, ran the team for the next 15 years, followed jointly by sons Bill and Charles Jr. (Stormy), with Bill becoming the team's sole owner in 1972. Bill Bidwill serves on the Player Dire Need Fund Committee, as well as the Hall of Fame Committee. He was named to the board of trustees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August 2007. Michael Bidwill joined the Cardinals' organization in 1996 as vice president/general counsel after practicing law for six years as a federal prosecutor. He was the key force behind the development of University of Phoenix Stadium. Within the league, he chairs the NFL security advisory committee.
Owner: Arthur Blank
Bought team: 2002
Stadium: Georgia Dome (completed in 1992)
TV market size: 2.407 million viewers (ranked eighth)
2010 Forbes value: $831M (ranked 26th)
The always well-coiffed Blank built his fortune as the co-founder of the Home Depot. Headquartered in Atlanta, it became the world's leading home improvement retailer, and Blank resigned his post as co-chairman when he acquired the Falcons. In addition to his work with the Falcons, Blank oversees the philanthropic efforts at his foundation, and he doesn't shy away from the spotlight. He can be seen on the Falcons' sideline at the end of games and was on the receiving end of a Gatorade shower from players after the Falcons clinched a division title last season.
Owner: Stephen J. Bisciotti
Bought team: Bought minority interest in Ravens in 2000; purchased outright control of club in 2004
Stadium: M&T Bank Stadium (completed in 1998)
TV market size: 1.108 million viewers (ranked 26th)
2010 Forbes value: $1.073B (ranked eighth)
Bisciotti made his fortune by founding Aerotek, a professional staffing company, in 1983. Aerotek, now the Allegis Group, has more than 8,000 employees and 90,000 contract workers who are specialists in a variety of fields. Bisciotti's initial purchase of the Ravens provided the club with the capital it needed in free agency before its Super Bowl XXXV season of 2000, according to his biography on the team's Web site. He belongs to the NFL's broadcasting and digital media committees. A Baltimore native, Bisciotti is also a supporter of University of Maryland athletics.
Owner: Ralph Wilson
Bought team: 1960
Stadium: Ralph Wilson Stadium (completed in 1973)
TV market size: 636,000 viewers (ranked 51st)
2010 Forbes value: $799M (ranked 28th)
The league's oldest owner still takes an active role in making decisions for the Bills, attending as many league events as his health allows. Wilson was one of two owners to vote against the previous CBA, saying he "didn't understand it." Playing in a small market, the owner has tried to create revenue in recent years by moving a few of his team's home games to Toronto, which has been unpopular with players and fans but has brought the team some much-needed funds. Even at his age, Wilson is unlikely to budge from his position that owners need to get their legs back under them, even if it means missing a season, and he has proven in the past he doesn't care what other owners think of him.
Owner: Jerry Richardson
Bought team: 1993
Stadium: Bank of America Stadium (opened in 1996)
TV market size: 1.166 million viewers (ranked 23rd)
2010 Forbes value: $1.037B (ranked 12th)
The first and only owner in franchise history, Richardson, a North Carolina native, is also the only former NFL player who owns a team. He played receiver for the Baltimore Colts, making 15 catches, including a touchdown catch in the fourth quarter of the 1959 NFL championship game, in two seasons. Richardson began a successful career as a restaurateur in the early 1960s, which put him in position to buy the Panthers when Carolina was awarded an NFL franchise. His sons, Mark and Jon, who were expected to inherit the team from Jerry, abruptly left their positions with the Panthers before the 2009 season.
Owner: Virginia McCaskey
Bought team: Inherited team in 1983
Stadium: Soldier Field (opened in 1924)
TV market size: 3.502 million viewers (ranked third)
2010 Forbes value: $1.067B (ranked ninth)
McCaskey, who had 11 children of her own with her late husband, Ed, is the eldest child of George Halas, one of the NFL's founding fathers. She inherited the team upon Halas' death in 1983. McCaskey has entrusted her sons, Ed and George, and team president/CEO Ted Phillips to represent the Bears in league matters, but she still is a member of the club's board of directors, and her voice is said to be the prevailing one on major decisions.
Owner: Mike Brown (club president)
Bought team: Mike Brown's father, Paul, was one of the original owners of Bengals, who were founded in 1968. Mike Brown, who also had an ownership stake at the time of his father's death in 1991, became the club's primary decision maker after Paul Brown's passing.
Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium (completed in 2000)
TV market size: 924,000 viewers (ranked 33rd)
2010 Forbes value: $905M (ranked 25th)
Football has been the Brown family's business throughout Mike Brown's life. Few owners are more involved in the day-to-day football operations of their team than Brown, who has final say on the Bengals' personnel decisions. From a CBA perspective, Brown is perhaps best-known for being one of two owners (with Buffalo's Ralph Wilson the other) to vote against the 2006 CBA extension.
Owner: Randolph D. Lerner
Bought team: Randy Lerner's father, Al, brought the Browns back to Cleveland in 1998 with team president/CEO Carmen Policy. Randy Lerner took over the Browns when Al Lerner passed away in 2002.
Stadium: Cleveland Browns Stadium (completed in 1999)
TV market size: 1.526 million viewers, (ranked 18th)
2010 Forbes value: $1.015B (ranked 15th)
Upon the passing of his father, Al, Randy Lerner assumed control of the Browns, as well as the chairman's role at credit card company MBNA. Randy Lerner helped engineer the sale of MBNA to Bank of America in 2006 for a reported $35 billion. As of March 2010, he had a net worth of $1 billion, according to Forbes.com. Lerner also owns the English Premier League soccer club Aston Villa. Randy Lerner's devotion to his father's memory is very clear; the team wears an "AL" jersey patch.
Owner: Jerry Jones
Bought team: 1989
Stadium: Cowboys Stadium (opened in 2009)
TV market size: 2.594 million viewers (ranked fifth)
2010 Forbes value: $1.805B (ranked first)
In 1989, Jones, who made his money in the oil business, bought the Cowboys and Texas Stadium for a reported $140 million and completely took over operations, including handling the coaching staff and roster. It paid off. The Cowboys soon became "America's Team" again and won three Super Bowls in a four-year stretch in the mid-1990s. Although the team went 13 years between playoff victories thereafter, Jones kept the profile of the team high and helped build the new Cowboys Stadium, which — other than its problems on Super Bowl Sunday — has been hailed as one of the more impressive new NFL facilities erected. He's among the more active owners, leaguewide, having served on several important NFL committees over the years. Jones currently is the Cowboys' owner, president and general manager — one of only three NFL owners with GM-caliber powers, along with Oakland's Al Davis and Cincinnati's Mike Brown — although he's teaching much of the business operations to his son, Stephen.
Owner: Pat Bowlen
Bought team: 1984
Stadium: Invesco Field at Mile High (completed in 2001)
TV market size: 1.572 million viewers (ranked 17th)
2010 Forbes value: $1.049B (ranked 10th)
Bowlen has been the owner, president and chief operating officer of the Broncos since purchasing the team, leading the organization to five Super Bowl appearances and back-to-back league titles in the 1997-98 seasons. Bowlen had successful careers in the oil, gas and real estate industries prior to purchasing the team from Canadian financier Edgar Kaiser Jr. for $78 million in '84, saving the organization from potential bankruptcy. Bowlen contributed more than $150 million toward Invesco Field at Mile High, where the Broncos have played the past decade. Bowlen is a former chair of the NFL broadcast committee and has been a major figure in many NFL endeavors but has stepped back from both NFL and Broncos day-to-day operations.
Owner: William Clay Ford
Bought team: 1963
Stadium: Ford Field (opened in 2002)
TV market size: 1.883 million viewers (ranked 11th)
2010 Forbes value: $817M (ranked 27th)
The only living grandson of inventor and automobile pioneer Henry Ford, William Clay Ford has been as connected to Detroit's auto industry as he has to Lions football. Ford served on the board of directors for the Ford Motor Co. from 1948 to 2005 and has been the primary owner of the Lions since 1963, when he bought the team outright for $4.5 million. William Clay Ford Jr., Ford's son, has been the team's vice chairman since 1995, but president Tom Lewand oversees the club's day-to-day operations and reports to Ford on all business, organizational and NFL matters.
Green Bay Packers
Owner: Publicly owned, non-profit organization (112,158 individual shareholders); president and CEO Mark Murphy has been with team since 2008
Age: Murphy, 55
Bought team: Team has been publicly owned since foundation in 1923
Stadium: Lambeau Field (opened in 1957; facelift in 2003)
TV market size: 445,510 viewers (ranked 71st; doesn't include Milwaukee)
2010 Forbes value: $1.018B (ranked 14th)
Murphy just finished his third year as the Packers' 10th president and chief executive officer. A former NFL player who spent eight years with the Redskins (1977-84), Murphy has been a member of the NFL management council executive committee — which serves as the bargaining team during negotiations with the NFL Players Association for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement — since 2008. Murphy has an extensive background on the other side of the negotiating table. He was the Redskins' player rep to the NFLPA from 1980-84 and was the vice president of the players' union in 1983-84. After his playing career ended, Murphy served as the assistant executive director of the NFLPA from 1985-88 and was a member of the bargaining team during the 1987 players' strike. Prior to joining the Packers, Murphy served a combined 16 years as the athletic director at Northwestern University (2003-07) and Colgate University (1992-2003).
Owner: Robert C. McNair
Bought team: 1999 (founder)
Stadium: Reliant Stadium (completed in 2002)
TV market size: 2.177 million viewers (ranked 10th)
2010 Forbes value: $1.171B (ranked fifth)
McNair founded Cogen Technologies, an energy company, in 1983. Fifteen years later, he sold a majority stake in the business to Enron for a reported $1.5 billion, and the next year, he proved successful in his bid to bring the NFL back to Houston. Presently, he owns two firms that manage his family's private- and public-equity holdings. He is also the chairman of The McNair Group, an investment portfolio. McNair serves on several league committees and is the chairman of the NFL's investment committee.
Owner: Jim Irsay
Bought team: Robert Irsay bought team in 1972; Jim assumed control in 1997
Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium (completed in 2008)
TV market size: 1.106 million viewers (ranked 27th)
2010 Forbes value: $1.040B (ranked 11th)
Jim Irsay, son of the late former Colts owner Robert Irsay, assumed full control of the organization in 1997 following his father's passing. Robert acquired the Colts from Carroll Rosenbloom in 1972 in exchange for the Los Angeles Rams. Jim joined the Colts' staff in 1982 after graduating from Southern Methodist University. He spent more than 10 years serving as the team's vice president and general manager before becoming senior executive vice president and chief executive officer in 1996, and sole owner of the Colts less than a year later. President Bill Polian oversees all football and administrative facets of the club.
Owner: Wayne Weaver
Bought team: 1993
Stadium: EverBank Field (completed in 1995)
TV market size: 678,430 viewers (ranked 49th)
2010 Forbes value: $725M (ranked 32nd)
Jaguars majority owner and chief executive officer Wayne Weaver was an expert in footwear long before bringing football to Jacksonville. Weaver made his fortune selling women's shoes as the former president and CEO of Nine West Group and current chairman and majority owner of Shoe Carnival. In November 1993, Weaver's investment group shocked the NFL world by being awarded a franchise in the small market of Jacksonville for $208 million. A hands-on owner who oversees the day-to-day operations of the club, Weaver has said repeatedly that he is only interested in selling the team to a buyer who shares his passion for keeping the Jaguars in Jacksonville.
Kansas City Chiefs
Owners: Hunt family
Age: 46 (Clark Hunt)
Founded team: 1960
Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium (completed in 1972)
TV market size: 974,820 viewers (ranked 31st)
2010 Forbes value: $965M (ranked 20th)
The Chiefs are owned by the children of Lamar Hunt, who founded the team, with Clark Hunt serving as the chairman of the board. The Hunt family made its money in the oil business, beginning with Clark's grandfather, oil tycoon H.L. Hunt. The 46-year-old Clark is also the chairman of Hunt Sports Group and owner of Major League Soccer teams FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew. Hunt was a member of the commissioner search committee responsible for appointing Roger Goodell. He also serves on the NFL's digital media and international committees, as well as the executive committee of the NFL management council. Hunt was one of five owners who took part in CBA negotiations over Super Bowl weekend.
Owner: Stephen Ross
Bought team: 2009
Stadium: Sun-Life Stadium (opened in 1987)
TV market size: 1.580 million viewers (ranked 16th)
2010 Forbes value: $1.011B (ranked 16th)
Stephen Ross is one of the newer owners in the NFL, taking 95 percent ownership of the team on Jan. 20, 2009, after previously becoming a 50 percent partner with former owner H. Wayne Huizenga in 2008. Ross, who grew up in the Miami area, is the founder of Related Companies, a privately owned real-estate firm. The University of Michigan renamed its business school after Ross, who showed his inexperience in NFL ownership this offseason when he flew to California to court Jim Harbaugh while head coach Tony Sparano was still under contract.
Owner: Zygmunt "Zygi" Wilf
Bought team: 2005
Stadium: Mall of America Field at the H.H.H. Metrodome (opened in 1982)
TV market size: 1.753 million viewers (ranked 15th)
2010 Forbes value: $774M (ranked 30th)
An investment group led by brothers Zygi and Mark Wilf, who emigrated from Germany with their parents in the early 1950s, took over as new owners of the Vikings in 2005. The Wilfs, owners of a real-estate development company in New Jersey, took ownership from former owner Red McCombs, who had owned the club since 1998, for a reported $600 million. Zygi Wilf, who is based in New York but is a frequent visitor to Minnesota, is considered the owner and chairman of the Vikings, but Mark Wilf, who serves as team president, manages day-to-day operations and directs all business departments of the Vikings.
New England Patriots
Owner: Robert Kraft
Bought team: 1994
Stadium: Gillette Stadium (opened in 2002)
TV market size: 2.460 million viewers (ranked seventh)
2010 Forbes value: $1.367B (ranked third)
Robert Kraft bought the Patriots in 1994 and since has turned them into one of the league's better franchises. The Patriots have won three Super Bowls under Kraft's ownership and were named "The Best Team in Sports" in 2005 by Forbes. Kraft is the chairman of the league's broadcast committee. He got his business start with Rand-Whitney Group, a company that converted paper into packaging. He founded The Kraft Group, which works in distribution of forest products, paper and packaging manufacturing, sports and entertainment, real-estate development and private equity and venture investing. The Group oversaw the construction of Gillette Stadium.
New Orleans Saints
Owner: Tom Benson
Age: (born in 1927)
Bought team: 1985
Stadium: Louisiana Superdome (opened in 1975)
TV market size: 635,860 viewers (ranked 52nd)
2010 Forbes value: $955M (ranked 21st)
Benson built his wealth as an auto dealer and in the banking industry before he bought the Saints, and he continues to own car dealerships in the New Orleans area and San Antonio, Texas. His popularity with Saints fans suffered when he was said to be considering moving the Saints to San Antonio after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but his reputation has received a boost in recent years because of the team's success, which included its first-ever Super Bowl championship at the end of the '09 season. Benson's granddaughter, Rita Benson LeBlanc, is the heir apparent in the organization. She serves as the franchise's executive vice president and oversees business and administrative operations.
New York Giants
Co-owners: John K. Mara and Steve Tisch
Ages: Mara, 57; Tisch, 62
Bought team: Timothy Mara (John's grandfather) bought team in 1925; Preston Robert Tisch bought shares of team in 1991; when Tisch and Wellington Mara (John's father) both passed away in 2005, Steve Tisch and John Mara assumed primary control of the club
Stadium: New Meadowlands Stadium (completed in 2010)
TV market size: 7.515 million viewers (ranked first)
2010 Forbes value: $1.182B (ranked fourth)
The oldest of Wellington Mara's 11 children, John Mara had been the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Giants until his father's death in 2005. The elder Mara was one of the more important figures in NFL ownership, having been a pioneer in the shaping of the league through its formative years in the 1950s and '60s and a proponent of revenue sharing when his club actually stood to lose money in the short term from it. John Mara became president and co-owner in '05 along with Steve Tisch, who inherited his share of the club and earned the title of team chairman when his father, Robert Tisch, also passed away the same year as Wellington Mara. Mara serves on several league committees, including the competition committee, management council executive committee and the committee on workplace diversity. He has been a pivotal figure in CBA negotiations over the past several seasons.
New York Jets
Owner: Woody Johnson
Bought team: 2000
Stadium: New Meadowlands Stadium (completed in 2010)
TV market size: 7.515 million viewers (ranked first)
2010 Forbes value: $1.144B (ranked sixth)
After inheriting a great amount of wealth from a family fortune — his great-grandfather was a co-founder of Johnson & Johnson — Woody Johnson has spent much of his life working as a philanthropist and political fundraiser. He bought the Jets at the start of the decade and has made it his mission to improve the team's status as second-class citizens in the tri-state area, financing a talented roster and moving the club into a new stadium that doesn't have the name "Giants" in it. Johnson has become more of a public figure in recent years, taking an active role in many league issues.
Owner: Al Davis
Bought team: Bought minority stake in team in 1966; became majority owner in 2005
Stadium: Oakland Coliseum (opened in 1966)
TV market size: 2.523 million viewers (ranked sixth)
2010 Forbes value: $758M (ranked 31st)
Davis, the longtime ruler of the Raiders, still functions as the team's general manager. He's cantankerous and continues to be a controversial figure, but he's also one of the legends in pro football. He's served as a player personnel assistant, an assistant coach, a head coach, a general manager, and he was briefly commissioner of the American Football League before it merged with the NFL. Davis, who is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, bought a 10 percent stake in the Raiders in 1966, but he didn't become the majority owner of the team until 2005.
Owner: Jeffrey Lurie
Bought team: 1994
Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field (opened in 2003)
TV market size: 3.015 million viewers (ranked fourth)
2010 Forbes value: $1.119B (ranked seventh)
After forming a film company in 1985, Lurie bought the Eagles in 1994 from Norman Braman for $195 million. The team had made the playoffs only 14 times in the previous 62 seasons, but since Lurie bought the club, it has made the postseason 11 out of his 16 years. He also has led the club to terrific financial growth, with its value now in excess of $1 billion. Lurie has served as chairman of the NFL's Los Angeles stadium working group committee, as well as serving on the league's finance, broadcast, international and Super Bowl committees. He's assisted ably by president Joe Banner and chief operating officer Don Smolenski on business matters.
Owner: Daniel M. Rooney, chairman emeritus, and Art Rooney II, club president, are majority owners, controlling a combined 30 percent of the club.
Bought team: The club's ownership was restructured in 2009, with Dan Rooney and Art Rooney II gaining majority control of the club and other Rooney family members divesting their shares of the team. Dan Rooney is the son of the late Art Rooney, who founded the club in 1933. Art Rooney II is Dan Rooney's son.
Age: Dan Rooney, 78; Art Rooney II, 58.
Stadium: Heinz Field (completed 2001)
TV market size: 1.160 million viewers (ranked 24th)
2010 Forbes value: $996M (ranked 17th)
The NFL's fifth-oldest franchise, the Rooney family has run the Steelers for close to 78 years. Along with Dan Rooney the current U.S. ambassador to Ireland, Art Rooney II — who assumed primary control of the day-to-day operations of the Steelers in 2003 — represents the Steelers in league matters. Dan Rooney, one of the NFL's more respected figures, told The New York Times in January that he did not plan to be involved in CBA negotiations. Dan Rooney played a key role in helping owners reach a compromise in ratifying the 2006 CBA extension. Steady leadership has marked the Rooneys' ownership of the club; Art Rooney Sr. — "The Chief," as he was called, passed on decision-making control of the franchise to Dan Rooney, who led the franchise to great heights. Now, Art Rooney II leads the Steelers.
St. Louis Rams
Owner: Stan Kroenke
Bought team: Bought 40 percent of club in 1997; bought majority stake in 2010
Stadium: Edward Jones Dome (opened in 1995)
TV market size: 1.258 million viewers (ranked 21st)
2010 Forbes value: $779M (ranked 29th)
Kroenke, a Missouri billionaire married to the daughter of Wal-Mart co-founder James Walton, first became involved with bringing pro football back to St. Louis in 1993 with a failed attempt to land an expansion franchise. Two years later, when the Rams moved from Los Angeles to St. Louis, Kroenke joined the Rosenbloom family as a minority owner, later increasing his stake to 40 percent in 1997. In a surprise move on April 12, 2010, Kroenke exercised his right of first refusal to purchase the team, in effect matching the reported $750 million bid that had been made by Urbana, Ill.-based auto-parts manufacturer Shahid Kahn. The NFL officially approved Kroenke as the Rams' new owner on Aug. 25. But before that happened, Kroenke had to abide by the NFL cross-ownership rules and agree to turn over control of the NBA's Denver Nuggets and NHL's Colorado Avalanche, both of which he owned, to his 30-year-old son, Josh, by the end of the year. He also had to agree to give up his majority stake in those teams by December 2014. Kroenke also owns the Major League Soccer and National Lacrosse League franchises in Colorado and is the largest shareholder in Arsenal of the English Premier League (soccer). Kroenke serves as chairman and owner of a private real-estate investment and development company.
San Diego Chargers
Owner: Alex Spanos
Bought team: 1984
Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium (completed in 1967)
TV market size: 1.089 million viewers (ranked 28th)
2010 Forbes value: $907M (ranked 24th)
The Chargers have been owned by Alex Spanos since 1984, although son Dean has been the primary decision maker since taking over as team president and CEO in 1994. Alex is a self-made billionaire who made his fortune by starting construction companies, of which Dean is now president. The 60-year-old Dean Spanos currently serves on the NFL's business ventures, international and legislative committees, as well as on the NFL management council executive committee. Spanos took part in CBA negotiations over Super Bowl weekend.
San Francisco 49ers
Owner: Jed York
Stadium: Candlestick Park
Opened: 1960; football first played there in 1971
TV market size: 2.523 million viewers (ranked sixth)
2010 Forbes value: $925M (ranked 22nd)
York just finished his second year as the Niners' president and chief executive officer. The oldest child of Denise and John York, the co-chairmen of the team, Jed's major task has been to spearhead plans for a new state-of-the-art stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. His first act as president was the hiring of Mike Singletary — a move that didn't turn out too well. But York appears to have made amends with the extremely popular hiring of Jim Harbaugh, who most recently excelled as the head coach at Stanford. York's uncle and godfather, former Niners owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., has long served as his mentor. Jed began his career as a financial analyst at Guggenheim Partners, a diversified financial-services firm.
Owner: Paul Allen
Bought team: 1997
Stadium: Qwest Field (completed 2002)
TV market size: 1.874 million viewers (ranked 13th)
2010 Forbes value: $989M (ranked 19th)
Allen, who among other business ventures co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1976, is one of the wealthiest people in the world with a personal net worth of an estimated $12.7 billion as of 2010. Allen also owns the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers and is part owner of the MLS' Seattle Sounders FC franchise. Allen is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc., which manages his business and philanthropic efforts. A Seattle native with a lifelong passion for football, Allen purchased the Seahawks in 1997 when former owner Ken Behring threatened to move the Seahawks to Southern California. Allen played a major role in the development of the Seahawks' stadium, Qwest Field, which is widely considered the best venue in the NFL with its well-documented rabid fan base. The relatively new representative for the Seahawks at league meetings is president Peter McLoughlin, who was hired in September. McLoughlin reports directly to Allen and is in charge of all financial and business operations of the team.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Owner: Malcolm Glazer
Bought team: 1995
Stadium: Raymond James (opened in 1998)
TV market size: 1.795 million viewers (ranked 14th)
2010 Forbes value: $1.032B (ranked 13th)
A Palm Beach, Fla., resident and self-made billionaire, Glazer leads a family-run operation. His sons, Bryan and Joel, are co-chairmen of the Bucs, and they manage the family's assets. Malcolm Glazer worked in his father's watch-parts business when he was eight and he took over the business when his father died seven years later. Glazer built his empire in the real-estate business. He also owns English soccer team Manchester United, although recent reports suggest the Glazers are close to selling "Man U" for nearly double the amount they paid for it in 2005.
Owner: K.S. "Bud" Adams Jr.
Bought team: 1959 (founder)
Stadium: LP Field (completed in 1999)
TV market size: 1.039 million viewers (ranked 29th)
2010 Forbes value: $994M (ranked 18th)
One of the founders of the American Football League, Adams has had numerous business successes. Among them, his ADA Oil Co., an oil-and-gas firm he started in 1946. Other Adams businesses have included automobile dealerships and leasing, cattle feeding, farming, ranching and real estate. A trustee for the NFL Trust, Adams is also a member of several NFL committees, including the NFL's finance committee. Adams, like Oakland's Al Davis, has a wealth of experience in pro football negotiations; Adams was involved in the AFL-NFL merger and has been an owner during several NFL players' strikes, most recently the 1982 and '87 strikes.
Owner: Daniel Snyder
Bought team: 1999
Stadium: FedEx Field (Jack Kent Cooke Stadium opened in 1997, was renamed in 1999)
TV market size: 2.389 million viewers (ranked ninth)
2010 Forbes value: $1.550M (ranked second)
The son of a journalist, Snyder made his millions with his self-started marketing company, Snyder Communications LP. In 1999, he bought the team, along with Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, after Cooke had passed away for the reported sum of $800 million, which at the time was the largest transaction in team-sports history. Although Snyder has his share of critics and often is criticized for his football moves (including several coach and QB changes, not to mention signing many failed high-priced free agents) and the way he deals with some people, he has unquestionably turned the Redskins into one of the more profitable sports franchises in the world. They top the NFL in team revenue, thanks in part to the stadium naming rights of FedEx Field, which netted $207 million. Snyder maintains several other business ventures outside the NFL, including in the film, entertainment, radio and food industries, but he also is active in league business matters.
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