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Volume 26 No. 226
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Seahawks Remain Off Market Despite Report Of Bezos' Interest

The Seahawks remain off the market, and there has been "no change in Jody Allen's commitment to want to keep the team," according to a source cited by Bob Condotta of the SEATTLE TIMES. Allen took over the team following the death of her brother, Paul Allen, in October '18. The Seahawks' ownership status is in the news following reports that Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos has interest in owning an NFL team, including one on Thursday from the Washington Post (SEATTLE TIMES, 11/15). In Tacoma, Gregg Bell notes Paul Allen had to have "filed a succession plan with the league beyond him being the Seahawks' owner" per NFL rules. Those plans must be updated, so there is "indeed a plan." However, the Seahawks had no comment on "what that succession plan is." The NFL "would love to have Bezos join their brotherhood of owners." With a net worth around $110B, he "would be welcomed by the league with open -- extremely open -- arms." Meanwhile, Bell notes Bezos owns the Washington Post, so it is "not a huge stretch to see where that leak may be coming from" concerning the Seahawks rumors (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 11/15).

INITIAL REPORT: In DC, Greene, Maske & Carpenter report the Seahawks could be a "likely target for Bezos if he is genuinely interested in owning a team," and some NFL owners "would welcome" that development. Patriots Owner Robert Kraft said, "I'm sure that eventually it would be in everyone's best interests if someone that's as community-oriented as him gets involved in the Seattle situation." While it is "rare for an owner to publicly solicit a bid on a team," Kraft's public support of Bezos "could indicate the relative ease the Amazon chief would have generating the 24 votes among the 32 owners needed to ratify any franchise sale." Kraft "met with Bezos during Super Bowl festivities last winter," and Bezos watched Super Bowl LIII in a suite with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (WASHINGTON POST, 11/15).