Now two former Seattle Seahawks legends have publically said they’re interested in owning a piece of the team. Add a current player, and you could have a pretty good crowd at the board meeting. In fact, I can see more than these three gentlemen buying in.
The Seahawks, owned by The Paul G. Allen Trust and chaired by Jody Allen, are not for sale. Let’s establish that at the beginning. When Mr. Allen passed away in 2019, there was a lot of concern that Ms. Allen would sell the team, possibly even move the franchise. Happily, those worries were completely unfounded. Jody Allen had already been very active in the organization behind the scenes and clearly loves the Hawks.
So why are we even discussing a possible sale of the team? Turns out that two Seahawks legends have publically discussed the possibility of buying into the team. One current star, the Hawks biggest, in fact, has said in the past that he’d like to buy a team once he’s retired. Hopefully, that retirement is a long way off, but it’s still worth noting.
Seahawks may see Bam Bam, Beastmode, and Angry Doug in the boardroom
Just a few days ago, Hawks star Kam Chancellor tweeted that he and Chair Jody Allen needed to discuss the Seahawks future. I’ve already speculated on what that discussion could entail, so I won’t go into too much detail again. Suffice to say, one of the possibilities Chancellor may be interested in is buying a piece of the team. As I wrote earlier, it would be a small piece to be sure, but I believe every member of the 12s would be thrilled to have Kam in the ownership group.
The day after Chancellor made his announcement, Marshawn Lynch said that he’d every interested in owning a piece of the Seahawks. As reported by Bob Condotta for The Seattle Times, Lynch had a lot of interesting comments regarding the Hawks, including supporting Pete Carroll. Here’s what Lynch had to say about ownership:
"“To be honest with you I’d be talking to her to see how I could get involved with the team just from ownership or something like that,” said Lynch, a running back with the team from 2010-15 and then again in 2019.“… Realistically, I’m trying to figure out how I can come in and be a part of some ownership so I can go ahead and make my staple on the Seattle community and team that way.”"
Beastmode made the comments on the podcast The Crew, hosted by Josina Anderson. See what Marshawn had to say for yourself about, as he put it, Kam’s call for “a family meeting”.
Let me add another Hawks legend to the mix. To my knowledge, Doug Baldwin has not shown any interest in investing in the Seahawks or any other NFL franchise. That doesn’t mean he isn’t invested in Seattle business or the community. Angry Doug sits on the board of Valor Worldwide, founded the Family First Community Center in Renton, is CEO of Ventrk, and has been a pillar of the Seattle community since his arrival ten years ago. Yes, he’s been an important voice for the league’s players his entire career. Who better to add to the Hawks ownership group?
What all this talk really has me interested in is a few more Hawks legends joining the room. The NFL limits ownership groups to no more than 24 partners, with the controlling member owning at least 30 percent of the team. With a current value of $3.5 billion, I’m sure Ms. Allen will have no trouble retaining the majority share. That still leaves room for Walter Jones, Cliff Avril, Kenny Easley – you get the idea. Bobby Wagner, we need you, too!
I cannot imagine a better investment for all these Seahawks legends. Well, okay, maybe an NFT of Lily Munster dancing the hula would be better, but owning a piece of the Seahawks would be pretty good for the portfolio, too. Far better is what their presence would mean for the team and the community. Please, Ms. Allen, let’s bring the legends off the field and into the boardroom.