Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos faces pressure to buy the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL.
The property of the Seattle Seahawks, which won the Superbowl XLVIII in 2014, is on the air after the death of Microsoft Allen owner, co-founder Paul Allen, who passed away on Monday.
Allen, who also owns the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Sounders, died at the age of 65 from complications with his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He and Bill Gates together founded Microsoft in 1975.
Some sports executives, including Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, are now urging Bezos to buy the beloved state soccer team.
The owners of the NFL are pressuring Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to buy the Seattle Seahawks after its owner Paul Allen died on Monday.
Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, died Monday of complications from a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Allen in the picture above after the Seahawk Superbowl XLVIII in 2014
Allen was passionate about Seattle sports and also owned the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Sounders. Allen pictured up on the field of the Seattle Seahawks in 2012
"Someone like that would take him on his back to take him to the NFL," Jones told MMQB.
Bezos is an ideal candidate since he is based in Seattle and Amazon has a partnership with the NFL streaming Thursday Night Football.
Buying the team would be a simple feat for Bezos, the richest man in the world, with a fortune of $ 145.1 billion.
If he took charge, he could ensure that the Seahawks remain in Seattle. Paul Allen made sure that the Seahawks team remained in his city when he made the purchase of the NFL in 1996, after his former owner threatened to move the team to Southern California.
But Bezos has not yet expressed interest in the possibility of taking control.
The owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, says that Bezos is an ideal candidate because he lives in Seattle and Amazon already has business with the NFL
After the sudden death of Allen, his sister Jody Allen could take over his owner.
He reportedly has no interest in running the Seahawks or the Trail Blazers, but has not yet commented on the property.
Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO and current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers; Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle Corporation; Joe Lacob, owner of the Golden State Warriors; and Marc Benioff, co-CEO of Salesforce, according to Sports Illustrated.
The Seattle Seahawks have reached the NFL Super Bown three times and won the title in 2014 against the Denver Broncos.