NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held his annual pre-Super Bowl press conference yesterday in San Francisco. He was asked about a variety of issues including player safety, re-location, and marijuana. Paul Kuharsky was in attendance and he got a question in about what the status is with the league and the Titans ownership situation:
In March after Amy Adams Strunk became controlling owner of the Titans, you said you wanted to ensure the team is under the proper ownership structure. What is the structure issue? What progress has been made on it, and when can we expect a resolution?
"Well, we have ownership policies. The ownership policies are lengthy but essentially they require a single owner to represent the club locally, but also at the league level. We work on the basis of 32 individual owners each having a vote and when league matters come up, whatever they may be, we work on a vote of 24 of the 32. It’s a very important principle to owners and their partners. They want to know who their partner is. They want to know that they’re responsible for how the team is operated locally and they want to know that their partner is sitting at the table when they’re making difficult decisions. So, we will try to enforce our policies to encourage that type of behavior. We have to continue to work with the Tennessee ownership group to see how that’s going to conform with our policies. We’ll be meeting with them in the next few weeks. That’s a subject that will be discussed."
I could be way off base here, but my takeaway from that is that the rest of the owners want to know who is really in charge in Tennessee. That hasn't been clear with the shift from Tommy Smith to Amy Adams-Strunk in the last couple of years. It sounds like all it would take for everyone to be satisfied is for AAS to really become involved in ownership things- league meetings, votes, etc.
This provides at least a little bit of clarity for me. Hopefully this is something they can get cleared up pretty quickly.