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Giants owner doesn’t think Titans ownership is a major concern

Titans co-owner Amy Adams Strunk and Nissan North America chairman Jose Munoz are congratulated by guests after an announcement that LP Field will now be called Nissan Stadium, Thursday June 25, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. The naming rights are subject to approval by the NFL and Metro Government Authority. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP) NO SALES AP

The NFL has expressed concerns about the Titans ownership in recent months, specifically the lack of a clear succession plan.

But while commissioner Roger Goodell talked around those issues Friday, one influential owner said he didn’t think it was a tremendous concern.

According to Paul Kuharsky of, Giants owner John Mara said he didn’t have a close relationship with owner Amy Adams Strunk, but didn’t seem in a panic about it.

“I really don’t know her,” Mara said. “I mean I’ve met her a couple of times but I really don’t know her, . . . I know [team president] Steve Underwood is a very capable executive. But I don’t have enough knowledge about what’s going on ownership-wise. I just know they have a good man in Steve.

I don’t know if it’s a major issue, no. I don’t think so. As long as you have a good, capable executive running the team, which I think Steve is, and I think they’ve got a good team, a good coach and a good general manager. They’ll be fine.”

Goodell was predictably vague when asked about the problems during his press conference.

“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,” he said. “We work on the basis of 32 individual owners, each having a vote. 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 who’s responsible for how the team is operated locally and they want to know that their partner is sitting at the table when they are making difficult decisions. So we will try to encourage 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 our finance committee in the next few weeks. That’s a subject we’ll be discussing.”

Strunk owns 33 percent of the team, but Bud Adams’ heirs agreed to have her front the group. But she skipped the last round of owners meetings which were in Houston, near her home, which seemed an apparent finger to the eye of the league.

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21 Responses to “Giants owner doesn’t think Titans ownership is a major concern”
  1. justintuckrule says: Feb 5, 2016 6:09 PM

    Every time I hear Goodell speak, I want to punch him square in the face. Give me the 15 yder, I’ll take it.

  2. gurnblanstonreturns says: Feb 5, 2016 7:01 PM

    Baby John Mara went on to say, “I don’t think there are any issues with the Titans’ ownership, but if problems arise the NFL will act swiftly to protect competitive balance by imposing severe salary cap penalties on the Cowboys and Redskins.”

  3. jag1959 says: Feb 5, 2016 7:11 PM

    Hmmm…McNair,a rubber stamp owner, wants Roger to lighten up. Now Mara, among the most influential of owners, is essentially letting him know matters of ownership are not in his purview. Both of them chose to do so publicly and in such a way as to make their opinions come to light during the league’s biggest media week. Interesting that.

  4. tgillespie74 says: Feb 5, 2016 7:46 PM

    Mara also doesn’t seem to see a problem with his GM. Go figure.

  5. savior72 says: Feb 5, 2016 8:06 PM

    The NFL is currently plotting a way to make them the London or Toronto Titans. Everything you hear is just a smokescreen full of lies and misdirection. If there’s something out there that will make the NFL more money, that’s what they are going to do. That’s all you need to know.

  6. kd75 says: Feb 5, 2016 8:26 PM

    It is very simple. The ownership issue is a matter of debt collection. Plain and simple.

    If a team missed a coupon payment, it has to be clear who is on the hook. And who the team is taken over from in the event of a default.

  7. grogansheroes says: Feb 5, 2016 8:30 PM

    It’s because Peyton (HGH) Manning is the next owner of the Titans.

  8. kd75 says: Feb 5, 2016 8:30 PM

    Let me put it this way, the easiest way to take over any biz isn’t to buy all the equity. Buy the debt and you are the de-facto owner.

    Multiple owners, borrowing against their equity, clouds the issue.

    That’s how Kraft ended up owning the Pats. Kraft bought all the Stadium debt and made Victor Kiam his B!tch until he defaulted and sold the team.

  9. skawh says: Feb 5, 2016 8:52 PM

    So Kraft conned his way into owning the Pats? Then gave away a SB trophy to Putin. Interesting. I guess you don’t get that or remain that rich without being connected to cons and thieves.

  10. vjllsduckfan65 says: Feb 5, 2016 9:00 PM

    The media keeps making way too much of Amy not attending the relocation meeting. It has clearly been stated that Steve Underwood has been the point person on this issue for 20 years, he has been the one attending the meetings, so it makes perfect sense that he would go to the vote meeting, especially since Amy was deep in the interview processes.

  11. laserw says: Feb 5, 2016 10:37 PM

    Whatever the owner of the New York Nightmaras thinks is irrelevant – he is a disgusting person and unethical to boot. May he rot in hell.

  12. You can have your draft pick back when the cowboys get their cap space back says: Feb 5, 2016 10:40 PM

    He doesn’t have a problem with it… As long as they’re not in the NFCE. Then he’d take away 1/3 of their cap space.

  13. thingamajig says: Feb 5, 2016 11:13 PM

    We’ll be meeting with our finance committee in the next few weeks. That’s a subject we’ll be discussing.

    What’s the finance committee got to do with NFL ownership rules?

  14. phukurmouf says: Feb 5, 2016 11:48 PM

    Savior72 and all others that are attaching random cities with Titans name. Fyi the franchise ain’t going anywhere considering they just recently signed 20 yr deal with Nissan for stadium rights.

  15. titans4evr says: Feb 6, 2016 5:02 AM

    Amy is a useless ‘owner’. Silver spoon do nothing.

    So close to done with this team. Barf.

  16. alonestartexan says: Feb 6, 2016 7:32 AM

    The Titans won’t leave Nashville, not because of their naming rights deal or because I don’t think they will, they’re an important franchise from a regional standpoint as they claim a fanbase in atleast 5 states (TN, KY, AL, MS, & AR) they’re a top 30 market, and their fans have sold out every game since the stadium opened in 1999.

    I’d think IF they left Tennessee, it’d be to San Antonio anyway. Certainly not London or Toronto. It’d make sense as most of the Adams family still reside in Texas.

    I wish Amy Adams Strunk would do the right thing and give the Oilers history back to the fans in Houston. No one in Tennessee cares about “Love Ya Blue”, the “Tyler Rose”, or the “Run N Shoot.” Give the 1960-1996 history back to Houston, officially be “established” 1997, “retire” the name “Tennessee Oilers,” and live and let live.

  17. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Feb 6, 2016 8:38 AM

    kd75 says:
    Feb 5, 2016 8:30 PM
    That’s how Kraft ended up owning the Pats. Kraft bought all the Stadium debt and made Victor Kiam his B!tch until he defaulted and sold the team.

    skawh says:
    Feb 5, 2016 8:52 PM
    So Kraft conned his way into owning the Pats? Then gave away a SB trophy to Putin. Interesting. I guess you don’t get that or remain that rich without being connected to cons and thieves.

    Cool stories bros. Completely false but cool.
    Kraft bought the stadium out of bankruptcy, Kiam bought the team. Kiam got muscled by the league and sold the team to James Busch (as in Anheiser Busch) Orthwein who wanted to move a team to St Louis. The lease was iron clad, the Rams moved to St. Louis and Orthwein sold the team to Kraft for a then record amount. Kraft ‘gave’ a SB ring to Putin largely as a matter of mistaken translation.

    Sorry the truth isn’t as entertaining but 12’s do like a good story. Like the one about the one and done dynasty, they love that one

  18. savior72 says: Feb 6, 2016 8:46 AM

    Listen, how many fans a team has doesn’t matter. How many sellouts a team has doesn’t matter. What DOES matter to the NFL is money. If a team in London will bring in more than a team in Nashville, that’s what will happen.

  19. Tundro says: Feb 6, 2016 9:20 AM

    Salary cap evaders sure do stay upset for a long time.

  20. charger383 says: Feb 6, 2016 9:54 AM

    everybody makes fun of another owner who’s hair looks like hers

  21. alonestartexan says: Feb 6, 2016 11:23 AM

    savior, it does matter.

    Who makes more money? A team in Nashville with a somewhat newer stadium, in a fairly decent sized market, with close to 20 years of consecutive sell outs, or a team like the Jaguars that play in an aging stadium in a small market that has problems selling out games?

    Keeping in mind that the Jaguars lease in Jacksonville will be ending roughly 4 years sooner than the lease in Nashville.

    Use your head.

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