With only formal NFL approval left, the Seattle Seahawks are now in the hands of two wealthy land developers from northern California and one of the new owners is talking Super Bowl.
"We hope this year could possibly be a Super Bowl year," Ken Behring said Tuesday at a news conference after disclosing he has a partner in the reported $80 million purchase of the 13-year-old professional football franchise.Behring, 60, told reporters he will own 51 percent of the Seahawks and Ken Hofmann, another northern California land developer, will own 49 percent.
Hofmann, 62, whom Behring described as a longtime friend and fishing and hunting partner, was missing as were members of the publicity-shy Nordstrom family of Seattle.
"I'll be the one who's out in front," Behring said. "He (Hofmann) loves football. He enjoys it as a game. He does not want to be involved."
Three-quarters of NFL owners must approve Behring and Hofmann as the team's new owners. Behring said he expected that approval.
"I'd like to have it before Sunday," Behring quipped. On Sunday, the Seahawks open the regular season in Denver.
"I know quite a few of the owners," Behring said. "I've had business dealings with a number of them through the years. They've all encouraged me very much."
Behring and Hofmann are acquiring the Seahawks from the team's original owners, the Nordstrom family.
Family members have been trying to sell the team for two years so they could devote their time to their chain of upscale fashion stores.
Behring said the purchase had been done "in principle." Asked about the reported $80 million purchase price, Behring said, "That's very close."
Behring was flanked Tuesday by coach Chuck Knox and president Mike McCormack. He said he planned to be, unlike the Nordstroms, highly visible in the franchise but would take a hands-off approach toward running the team.
"I'm not here to change anything," he said. "I'm only here to help. I love the way this team has been run. You sure don't try to fix something that's not broke."
Behring said he and Hofmann did not want any local minority partners.
"Sometimes too many minority partners want to run the team," he said. "We want the coach and the general manager to run the team, not the minority partners."
Behring described himself as a businessman who has been an avid football fan all his life.
"I felt a certain momentum that was happening and I wanted to be part of it," he said.