The following is a list of current National Football League franchise owners:
|Franchise||Principal Owner(s)||Purchase Price||Year|
|Arizona Cardinals||Estate of Bill Bidwill?6||$50,000||1932|
|Atlanta Falcons||Arthur Blank+1||$545,000,000||2002|
|Baltimore Ravens||Steve Bisciotti+1||$300M & $600M||2000 & 2004|
|Buffalo Bills||Kim and Terry Pegula||$1,400,000,000||2014|
|Carolina Panthers||David Tepper||$2,275,000,000||2018|
|Chicago Bears||Virginia Halas McCaskey+?2||$100||1920|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Mike Brown?2||>$200M||1968 & 2011|
|Cleveland Browns||Jimmy and Dee Haslam||$1,050,000,000||2012|
|Dallas Cowboys||Jerry Jones||$140,000,000||1989|
|Denver Broncos||Joe Ellis, trustee6||$71,000,000||1984|
|Detroit Lions||Sheila Ford Hamp+?||$4,500,000||1963|
|Green Bay Packers||Green Bay Packers, Inc.4||-||1923|
|Houston Texans||Janice McNair and family+?2||$700,000,000||1999|
|Indianapolis Colts||Jim Irsay?||$19,000,000||1972|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Shahid Khan||$760,000,000||2012|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Clark Hunt and siblings?2||$25,000||1960|
|Las Vegas Raiders||Carol and Mark Davis (mother and son)+?||-||2011|
|Los Angeles Chargers||Dean Spanos?||>$72,000,000||1984|
|Los Angeles Rams||Stan Kroenke1||$80M & $450M||1995 & 2010|
|Miami Dolphins||Stephen M. Ross+||$1,000,000,000||2008|
|Minnesota Vikings||Zygi Wilf+||$600,000,000||2005|
|New England Patriots||Robert Kraft||$175,000,000||1994|
|New Orleans Saints||Gayle Benson?||$64,000,000||1985|
|New York Giants|| John Mara? (50%)3
Steve Tisch (50%)
|New York Jets||Robert Wood Johnson IV5 and Christopher Wold Johnson?||$635,000,000||2000|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Jeffrey Lurie||$185,000,000||1994|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Art Rooney II?1,3 (60%) and family (12%)?1,2,3||$2,500||1933|
|San Francisco 49ers||Denise DeBartolo York and Jed York?1||$17,000,000||1977|
|Seattle Seahawks||Jody Allen, trustee?6||$200,000,000||1997|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Bryan Glazer and siblings?||$192,000,000||1995|
|Tennessee Titans||Amy Adams Strunk? 2||$25,000||1959|
|Washington Football Team||Dan Snyder+||$800,000,000||1999|
+ Majority or plurality owner, rather than outright owner.
? Ownership of club has been passed on to/split by family members of previous owner (see Family ownership section below)
1 Owner held stake prior to this date.
2 Child/heir of original owner of franchise.
3 Child/heir of heir of original owner of franchise.
4 Public corporation with a grandfathered exception to current NFL ownership rules. The team is governed by a Board of Directors, and Mark H. Murphy represents the team as President and CEO.
5 Currently inactive.
6 Currently held in trust/estate after death of previous owner:
Benson, Bidwill, McCaskey, Brown, Irsay, Hamp, Hunt, Mara, Davis, Rooney, Glazer, Spanos, York, and Adams-Strunk represent ownership that has been longer than the year listed in the table above, as teams have been owned by their families longer than listed:
The NFL forbids religious groups, governments, and non-profit organizations owning a team. The NFL requires a controlling owner to hold at minimum a 30% stake in the team and forbids ownership groups of over 24 people, or any publicly traded corporations from purchasing NFL teams; one team, the Green Bay Packers, is exempt from this under a grandfather clause and is owned by shareholders. The Houston Texans are also grandfathered in for their home county–the Harris County, Texas government–which owns 5% of the team, as the rule forbidding governments from owning a team became effective in 2007. The NFL's constitution also forbids its owners from owning any other professional football teams, except for Arena Football League teams located in the NFL team's home market. In addition, the controlling owners of NFL teams were previously only permitted to own major league baseball, basketball and hockey teams if they were in the NFL team's home market, or were not located in other NFL cities. (Stan Kroenke, who owned hockey and basketball teams in Denver, was nonetheless unanimously allowed to buy the then-St. Louis Rams in 2010 and hold on to his Denver assets until 2015. Even then, the Denver assets were transferred to his wife, Ann.) Soccer has been exempt from these restrictions since 1982, when the league lost a lawsuit filed by the original NASL stemming from the investments of Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt and Elizabeth Robbie, the wife of Miami Dolphins owner Joe Robbie in NASL teams; as a result, NFL owners have owned teams in MLS in other NFL markets. In October 2018, the NFL owners voted to relax the cross-ownership rule, allowing controlling NFL owners to own other professional teams within NFL markets outside their home market. The league also informally requires prospective owners to have relatively liquid assets and positive cash flow; having a majority of one's wealth invested in real estate, for example, is grounds for rejection.