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Tommy Smith takes over the Titans, for now

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The only man who ever has owned the Tennessee Titans, which entered the AFL in 1960 as the Houston Oilers, died last week at the age of 90.  On Tuesday, his son-in-law became the team’s new president and CEO.

The Titans announced that Tommy Smith will run the team, for now.  Though the name will be new to most outside of the organization, coach Mike Munchak, a three-plus-decade employee of the franchise, said that Smith has been “very much in the loop for years,” according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.

Also, Susie Adams Smith and Amy Adams Hunt, the daughters of Bud Adams (pictured), will serve as co-chairpersons of the team.  Bud Adams’ grandson, Kenneth Adams IV, will become a member of the board of directors.

“Through the years, our families and I have been consistently updated on all aspects of the organization from football operations to the business side from those who run those areas and we will continue those interactions on a daily basis,” Tommy Smith said in a statement issued by the team.  “We will be taking all the necessary steps, in concert with the league office, to remain in compliance with league rules in our ownership structure.  That process will not be immediate, but it has begun.

“Until we gain that approval, we will stay out of the spotlight, but know that we are directing the organization and staying informed of daily activities.  The continuity and knowledge I have gained in decades of being involved with the team will aid our organization during this transition.”

Susie Adams Smith and Amy Adams Hunt each own a third of the team.  The other third belongs to the family of Bud Adams’ late son, Kenneth Adams III.

Eventually, a controlling owner will be selected, and the other owners will be asked to approve the proposed ownership structure.

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8 Responses to “Tommy Smith takes over the Titans, for now”
  1. titansbro says: Oct 29, 2013 9:53 PM

    For some reason I feel like this May become a mess. Just an odd feeling.

  2. gotitan says: Oct 29, 2013 10:27 PM

    At least we’ll retain our team in Nashville. RIP Bud.

  3. titans4evr says: Oct 29, 2013 11:58 PM

    I am very happy to learn that it’s Tommy taking over as new CEO and not Rusty taking over as QB.

  4. scaredhitless says: Oct 30, 2013 12:16 AM

    Here’s an idea… sell the team to a snake oil salesman who gets into rebate scandals minutes after buying the team.

  5. alonestartexan says: Oct 30, 2013 3:48 AM

    It’s going to be so hard to get used to Bud not being in control of things.

    RIP Bud.

  6. titansbro says: Oct 30, 2013 6:49 AM

    I don’t think any new owner would move the team since the fans in Nashville actually do come to the games. Plus the stadium isn’t very old & they just out in some very expensive modern amenities. But nowhere have I seen any guarantees that the team stays.

  7. rascalmanny says: Oct 30, 2013 7:41 AM

    Let’s hope this results in some serious house cleaning and change in the mediocre Titans football team and organization. It’s long overdue.

    We need people who know how to put a winning football team on the field and who also know when to clear out “stars” who don’t perform.

    *cough* CJ *cough*

  8. dodohead418 says: Oct 30, 2013 9:32 AM

    Yeah we have been in the top 10 pack stadiums for about 10 years now, so if you thought we would just sell the team you are uneducated.

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