Rumors are flying that Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos wants to buy an NFL team . During the Super Bowl last February, Bezos was seen enjoying the view from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s suite. He’s also been spotted spending time with other team owners, which has further spurred on speculation. As the richest man in the world, Bezos could afford to pay cash for any team in the league but unfortunately none of them are currently up for sale.
However, many expect the Seattle Seahawks to eventually go up for sale after the team’s owner Paul Allen died last year. There’s also a chance that the Denver Broncos could come on the market, but the Seahawks would make perfect sense for Bezos, and he’d likely be an asset to the franchise as well.
While the Seahawks did win a Super Bowl in 2014, the team’s track record is still nowhere near some of the league’s greatest franchises — the Patriots, Steelers, 49ers and Cowboys. One thing all four of those superpowers have in common is a great owner. An NFL team’s owner plays a huge role in how successful they’ll be in the long-term, and Bezos could be a Hail-Mary that takes the Seahawks to the top of the league over then next decade.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft is often hailed as one of the best NFL team owners in history. That’s because he’s present without being overbearing. Kraft hired Bill Belichick as his head coach and he leaves Belichick to make all of the football-related decisions.
Jeff Bezos would likely run the Seahawks the same way. When he bought the Washington Post, he appointed Fred Ryan as publisher and CEO and deferred to executive editor Martin Baron when it came to content decisions. He’s been described as a “hands-off owner” because of his lack of involvement in the paper’s day-to-day operations. However, on the business side, it was Bezos who had a vision for the paper’s future.
Another big reason Bezos and the Seahawks merry well together is the team’s Seattle location. Bezos lives outside the city in Medina and Amazon’s headquarters are located there as well. While Bezos is certainly capable of running a team from afar, it makes a difference that he lives in the community.
Amazon already plays a huge role in Seattle, not only by offering job opportunities, but with community outreach programs . If Bezos were to take over the Seahawks, a community tie would be a great way to increase locals’ connection to the team. While winning a Super Bowl or two certainly helps to fill stadium seats, all the NFL greats have had their building years. Having fans that feel the team is a part of the community goes a long way in keeping fans loyal and Bezos has already started to build that bond through Amazon’s and his own personal efforts to improve Seattle.
Of course, at this point Bezos’ intent to buy any NFL team is merely speculation. However if the Seahawks do become available, Bezos would make for a great owner.