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Controversial Former Seahawks Owner Ken Behring Dies At 91

Behring's tenure included the Seahawks' worst season in '92 and an attempt to relocate to California
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Former Seahawks Owner KEN BEHRING, a "controversial" figure who "guided the team through a turbulent period that included his attempt to move the franchise to southern California," died at 91 from undisclosed causes, according to Bob Condotta of the SEATTLE TIMES. Behring and the late KEN HOFMANN bought the Seahawks in '88 from its original owners, Seattle Professional Football Inc., "headed by the NORDSTROM family, and kept it" until '97 when the team was sold to the late PAUL ALLEN. Behring's tenure as owner "included the team's worst season" in '92 and the attempt to move it to southern California. In the eyes of "most long-time Seattle sports fans," Behring likely "ranks just below the pairing of HOWARD SCHULTZ and CLAY BENNETT -- who each played significant roles in steering the Sonics out of town -- as the worst pro sports owners in the city's pro sports history" (SEATTLE TIMES, 6/29).