NEW YORK - NFL team owners reacted with sadness and a sense of uncertainty this week to the death of Microsoft co-founder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen.
At the owners' annual fall meetings that ended Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that, out of respect to Allen's family, now was not the time to discuss the future ownership of the Seahawks. Allen died on Monday.
But several participants in the meetings in New York's lower Manhattan said the Seahawks aren't likely to leave Seattle.
"I can't imagine the Seahawks not in Seattle," Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones insisted. "That hasn't even been a thought."
He added that it would be "unjust" to move the Seahawks to another city after all that Allen did to ensure that the team remained in Seattle.
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay agreed, saying that even if the team is sold, it would almost certainly would not leave the Emerald City.
USA Today reported Wednesday that the NFL mandates that all teams issue succession plans, so Allen’s sports enterprise, Vulcan Sports & Entertainment, will undergo whatever steps were outlined in his estate.
According to an NFL spokesman, the league is declining from commenting on the details of the succession plan out of respect to Allen and Vulcan, giving the organization the opportunity to disclose its plans when it deems appropriate.
But Goodell said that the Seahawks have made plans, and those would be discussed in due time.
Allen did not marry and has no children, though he has a sister, Jody.