Seahawks, Trail Blazers and Seattle Sounders owner Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, died on Monday at the age of 65 from complications from a recurrance of his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Allen's sudden and unexpected death has left a void in ownership within the Pacific Northwest's professional sports teams. As the NFL's Seattle Seahawks try to figure out a plan for franchise ownership following Allen's passing, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezo's name has been mentioned as a potential buyer if the team is sold.
Jerry Jones said:
One obvious name the league would no doubt be interested in bringing into the fold is Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. He’s the world’s wealthiest person, is based in Seattle and the NFL is already in business with him, through its Thursday Night Football streaming partnership with Amazon Prime Video.
“Someone like that,” Jones said of Bezos, “I’d carry him piggyback to get him to the NFL.”
Personally I would hate this. I think Jeff Bezos is not the type of guy that would invest in an NFL team (or any sport team) because there's no opportunity to expand or build more from it. It's not an in he needs to speak to the NFL; he's worth $145+ billion so he already has people's attention.
Also, Bezos is not as civic-minded as Paul Allen; I'm afraid that Bezos would be more like a Howard Schultz and get upset that people don't automatically bend towards his will.