Yet in various methods, the departed homeowners made an imprint on the monetary and social behemoth that the N.F.L. has grow to be.
Richardson and McNair did extra than simply carry groups to the Carolinas and to Houston (which misplaced its Oilers to Tennessee earlier than the Texans have been assembled as an enlargement crew). They have been heavyweights in a group that included greater than its share of highly effective males.
McNair was the chairman of the influential finance committee, and Richardson was the solely proprietor to have performed in the N.F.L. As veteran homeowners, they have been trusted confidants of Commissioner Roger Goodell. Both performed key roles in serving to the N.F.L. return to Los Angeles, and at numerous instances have been on the compensation committee, which determines how a lot the commissioner and different prime league executives have been paid.
Benson, an accountant by commerce, was one other stalwart on the finance committee.
Each went about his enterprise otherwise. McNair not often shied away from a reporter’s pocket book or microphone, utilizing folksy language that was each blunt and charming. Richardson prevented the media highlight, however spoke with conviction in smaller settings.
Allen nearly by no means attended league conferences, however when he did, everybody took notice, resembling the time he flew to a particular session in Houston in 2016 and threw his weight behind the Rams proprietor Stan Kroenke, who had formidable plans to construct a stadium in Los Angeles.
Some of the adjustments have been refined. Spanos’s son, Dean, has run the Chargers for years. Gayle Benson, Tom’s widow, has grabbed the reins of the Saints. McNair’s son, Cal, is the Texans’ chairman and chief working officer, and more likely to keep atop the franchise. Allen’s sister, Jody, is in cost of the Seahawks, a minimum of for now.
In different methods, actual turnover is afoot. Richardson’s departure, amid a league investigation into the accusations towards him, mirrored a altering setting. So did his alternative. He bought to David Tepper, a hedge fund mogul.