Ken Behring, a billionaire philanthropist and the controversial former proprietor of the Seattle Seahawks, died Tuesday, Brady Henderson of ESPN studies. He was 91.
Behring purchased the Seahawks in 1988 and presided over essentially the most seminal interval within the franchise’s existence, making an attempt to relocate to Southern California earlier than promoting the workforce to Paul Allen.
“We’re saddened by the lack of former Seahawks proprietor Ken Behring,” the Seahawks stated in a short information launch. “We ship our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Behring’s household and buddies.”
Behring made his fortune as a real-estate developer earlier than shopping for the Seahawks from the Nordstrom household. He introduced in February of 1996 that he was shifting the workforce to Anaheim, citing an incapability to safe funding for a brand new stadium or renovations to the crumbling Kingdome.
The Seahawks had one foot in California, having packed up gear in shifting vans, heading south and establishing operations at what was once the Rams’ facility. They even held just a few exercises there earlier than returning to Seattle as soon as town and NFL intervened.
Allen purchased the workforce from Behring in 1997 after Washington voters handed a referendum to pay for almost all of the prices for what would turn out to be CenturyLink Area, which was a situation of Allen’s buy.