In the wake of Paul Allen’s death last week, it’s too early to know much about the fate of the billionaire’s many varied holdings. And when it comes to the two professional sports franchises the Microsoft co-founder owned — the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers — speculation about who will take over is all that fans have right now.
It’s hard to picture Jeff Bezos having any interest in owning the Seahawks — unless the NFL is looking for a team to play on Mars someday. But at least one team owner thinks the Amazon CEO makes perfect sense as a potential candidate to take the helm.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, speaking to Jenny Vrentas of Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback, said he couldn’t imagine the Seahawks not being in Seattle. And he’s enthusiastic about who could possibly keep the team in the city.
“Someone like that,” Jones said of Bezos, “I’d carry him piggyback to get him to the NFL.”
Having the world’s richest person join the ranks of NFL owners certainly has its allure. Amazon has already shown interest in being part of the sport, spending many millions to win the streaming rights to “Thursday Night Football.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week at the league’s 2018 fall meeting that there hasn’t been any immediate discussion about the future of the Seahawks ownership.
“We think it is inappropriate at this point in time to be having those kinds of discussions,” Goodell said. “The Seahawks have made plans. Paul Allen had made plans. At the appropriate time, those plans will be discussed.”
Allen purchased the Seahawks in 1996 and saved the team for Seattle, averting a move to Southern California. The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl championship in 2014.