Nfc Owners Football

October 24, 1993

Team: Philadelphia Eagles

Owner: Norman Braman

Background: Braman, 61, is a native of West Chester, Pa., who got a marketing degree at Temple and was a millionaire by age 36. He then moved to Florida where he founded an automobile sales and leasing empire. He bought the Eagles in 1985 from Leonard Tose for $65 million. He's a member of the expansion committee.

Views on Baltimore: One of the two owners to publicly endorse Baltimore, he could be an influential voice on the city's behalf since he's on the expansion committee. He's one vote Baltimore can count on.

Team: New York Giants

Owner: Wellington Mara

Background: Mara, 78, is a graduate of Fordham who has spent his life in pro football. His father, Tim, founded the Giants in 1925. Over the past six decades, he has served in virtually every capacity on the team from scout to president. His willingness to give up exclusive rights to the New York TV market, which enabled the NFL to pool the revenue from its network TV contracts, helped fuel the pro football boom.

Views on Baltimore: He's one of the two owners who has publicly supported Baltimore in the past. Although he's a 50 percent owner, he votes for the club. Robert Tisch, who owns the other 50 percent of the team, was interested in a prospective Baltimore franchise before the Giants became available. Tisch is still believed to be a Baltimore supporter

Team: Washington Redskins

Owner: Jack Kent Cooke

Background: One of the last of the tycoons, Cooke, who will be 81 tomorrow, is a native of Hamilton, Ontario. The former owner of the NBA Los Angeles Lakers and NHL Los Angeles Kings, he built the Los Angeles Forum before moving to Washington in 1978 to take control of the Redskins. He started buying up shares of the Redskins in the 1960s and was majority owner by 1974.

Views on Baltimore: The conventional wisdom is that he's against Baltimore because of its proximity to Washington, but he has made no attempt to market the Redskins in Baltimore. He shows virtually no interest in league affairs -- he almost never attends meetings and has little influence with other owners -- so even if he doesn't vote for Baltimore, he's not expected to attempt to block Baltimore from getting a team.

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Owner: Jerry Jones

Background: Jones, 51, grew up in Little Rock, Ark., where his father, J.W. "Pat" Jones, was a successful businessman in supermarkets and insurance. Jones played football at the University of Arkansas on an unbeaten 1964 team. He then made his money in the oil and gas business. When he bought the Cowboys on Feb. 25, 1989, for $140 million, he fired coach Tom Landry and said he was going to run the team from "socks to jocks." He was openly ridiculed, but got the last laugh when the Cowboys went from 1-15 to Super Bowl champions in four years.

Views on Baltimore: He has publicly praised the Malcolm Glazer family and said he prefers a sole owner to a group.

Team: Phoenix Cardinals

Owner: Bill Bidwill

Background: Bidwill, 62, is a graduate of Georgetown and a Navy veteran who has spent virtually his whole life in football. His father, Charles Bidwill, bought the Chicago Cardinals the year Bill was born, 1932. Bill Bidwill became the sole owner of the Cardinals in 1972 when he bought out his brother, Stormy. He moved the team to Phoenix in 1988 after St. Louis failed to build him a new stadium. During his tenure, the team has failed to either win or play host to a playoff game.

Views on Baltimore: He rejected Baltimore as a site for his team before he moved to Phoenix, so the city can't count on his vote. He generally supports the league and would likely vote for the expansion and finance committees' recommendation.

Team: Green Bay Packers

Owner: Community-owned team (Bob Harlan is team president)

Background: Harlan, 57, is a native of Des Moines, Iowa, who has a journalism degree from Marquette. He worked for United Press International, and in public relations at Marquette and for the St. Louis baseball Cardinals. A member of the Packers' front office since 1971, he succeeded Judge Robert Parins as the team president in 1989. Even though the team is community-owned, he gets to cast the vote for the team in league meetings.

Views on Baltimore: Harlan said he's going into the meeting with an open mind and will listen closely to the presentations. Since he doesn't have his own money invested in the club, he may not be as concerned about the bottom line as most owners during the presentations.

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Owner: Hugh Culverhouse

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