Former Seahawks owner Behring dies

Field Level Media

June 28, 2019 at 8:15 pm.

Former Seattle Seahawks owner Ken Behring died Tuesday, the team announced Friday. He was 91.

Behring owned the franchise from 1988-97 before selling the Seahawks to Paul Allen for a reported $200 million.

“We are saddened by the loss of former Seahawks owner Ken Behring,” the Seahawks said a news release. “We send our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Behring’s family and friends.”

The former real-estate developer became a controversial figure in Seattle in 1996 when he announced he was moving the franchise to Anaheim, Calif. He made the decision after failing to secure funding for a new stadium or a major refurbishment of the Kingdome.

The Seahawks actually moved their equipment, set up operations and held a few workouts in Anaheim. But the NFL intervened — and threatened fines of $500,000 daily — and the franchise returned its operations back to Seattle.

After selling the Seahawks, Behring established the Wheelchair Foundation and committed $15 million to the cause in 2000. The entity delivers free wheelchairs to people with disabilities.