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List of NFL franchise owners

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The following is a list of current National Football League franchise owners.

Terry Pegula, co-owner of the Buffalo Bills.
Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys.
Clark Hunt, chairman of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Zygi Wilf, majority owner of the Minnesota Vikings.
Franchise Owner Year
acquired
Arizona Cardinals United States Bill Bidwill 1962
Atlanta Falcons United States Arthur Blank1 2004
Baltimore Ravens United States Steve Bisciotti1 2004
Buffalo Bills South KoreaUnited States Kim and United States Terry Pegula 2014
Carolina Panthers United States David Tepper 2018
Chicago Bears United States Virginia Halas McCaskey†‡3 1983
Cincinnati Bengals United States Mike Brown3 1991
Cleveland Browns United States Jimmy Haslam 2012
Dallas Cowboys United States Jerry Jones 1989
Denver Broncos United States Pat Bowlen6 (Bowlen Family Trust) 1984
Detroit Lions United States Martha Ford[1] 2014
Green Bay Packers United States Green Bay Packers, Inc.5 1923
Houston Texans United States Robert C. McNair2 1999
Indianapolis Colts United States Jim Irsay 1997
Jacksonville Jaguars PakistanUnited States Shahid Khan 2012
Kansas City Chiefs United States Clark Hunt and siblings‡3 2006
Los Angeles Chargers United States Dean Spanos 2018
Los Angeles Rams United States Stan Kroenke1 2010
Miami Dolphins United States Stephen M. Ross 2008
Minnesota Vikings GermanyUnited States Zygi Wilf 2005
New England Patriots United States Robert Kraft 1994
New Orleans Saints United States Gayle Benson 2018
New York Giants United States John Mara (50%)4
United States Steve Tisch (50%)
2005
New York Jets United States Robert Wood Johnson IV6 and Christopher Wold Johnson 2000
Oakland Raiders United States Carol and Mark Davis (mother and son)†‡ 2011
Philadelphia Eagles United States Jeffrey Lurie and Christina Weiss Lurie 1994
Pittsburgh Steelers United States Art Rooney II1,4 (60%) and family (12%)2,3,4 2017
San Francisco 49ers United States Jed York1 2009
Seattle Seahawks Intestate franchise7 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers United States Bryan Glazer and siblings‡ 2014
Tennessee Titans United States Amy Adams Strunk 3 2013
Washington Redskins United States Dan Snyder 1999

† Majority or plurality owner, rather than outright owner.
‡ Family ownership of club has been passed on/split by descendant(s) of previous owner.

Benson, Bidwill, McCaskey, Brown, Ford, Irsay, Hunt, Mara, Davis, Rooney, Glazer, Smith, Spanos, York, and Adams-Strunk represent ownership that has been longer than year listed, as teams have been owned by their families longer than listed.

1 Owner held stake prior to this date.
2 Original owner of franchise.
3 Child/heir of original owner of franchise.
4 Child/heir of heir of original owner of franchise.
5 Public corporation with a grandfathered exception to current NFL ownership rules. The team is governed by a Board of Directors, and Mark H. Murphy represents the team as President and CEO.
6 This owner is not active in day-to-day operations.
7 Paul G. Allen, the Seahawks' most recent owner, died October 15, 2018 without any immediate next of kin.

  • Kansas City Chiefs: Clark Hunt, one of four co-owning siblings (the others being Lamar Hunt Jr., Daniel Hunt and Sharon Munson), represents the team in league affairs.
  • New York Jets: Christopher Johnson is acting owner due to Robert's appointment as United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
  • Tampa Bay Buccanners: Bryan Glazer represents the four co-owning siblings, including Edward Glazer, Joel Glazer and Darcie Kassewitz.
  • Tennessee Titans: Amy Strunk represents the five co-owning siblings -- two sisters (Smith), and the widow of their brother (Lewis), and his sons (the Adams brothers), all the children of founding owner Bud Adams.

Ownership restrictions[edit]

The NFL forbids religious groups, governments, and non-profit organizations owning a team. The NFL forbids ownership groups of over 24 people or any publicly traded corporations from purchasing NFL teams; one team, the Green Bay Packers, is exempt from this under a grandfather clause and is owned by shareholders. The Houston Texans are also grandfathered in for their home county–the Harris County, Texas government–which owns 5% of the team, as the rule forbidding governments from owning a team became effective in 2007. The NFL's constitution also forbids its owners from owning any other professional football teams, except for Arena Football League teams located in the NFL team's home market. In addition, the controlling owners of NFL teams are only permitted to own major league baseball, basketball and hockey teams if they are in the NFL team's home market, or are not located in other NFL cities.[2] (Stan Kroenke, who owned hockey and basketball teams in Denver, was nonetheless unanimously allowed to buy the then-St. Louis Rams in 2010 and hold on to his Denver assets until 2015, and even then the Denver assets were transferred to his wife Ann.)[3] Soccer has been exempt from these restrictions since 1982, when the league lost a lawsuit challenging them filed by the original NASL stemming from the investments of Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt and Elizabeth Robbie, the wife of Miami Dolphins owner Joe Robbie in NASL teams;[4] as a result, NFL owners have owned teams in MLS in other NFL markets.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/10/martha-ford-inherits-the-lions-bill-ford-jr-remains-vice-chairman/
  2. ^ "Constitution and Bylaws of the National Football League" (PDF). National Football League. 2006.
  3. ^ "NFL owners let Kroenke keep Rams; transfer Nuggets, Avalanche to his wife". Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  4. ^ North American Soccer League v. National Football League, 670 F.2d 1249 (2d Cir. 1982).