Could The Lurie Divorce Impact The Eagles On The Field?BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Thursday, July 5th, 2012
Philadelphia Eagles owners Jeff and Christina Lurie announced on July 4th that they will be divorcing after 20 years of marriage. They are stating that the parting is amicable and the two “would remain close friends.”
And this in no way would impact anything as it relates to the team or organization.
Here are a few quotes, as provided by Susan Snyder and Bob Warner of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
“We share the same goals for the Eagles that we have always had. We want a world championship team, of course, and we want to carry on the dedicated community service that is so much a part of this company’s heart and soul,” they wrote.
“We will strive to improve even further and make the Eagles a sports organization of which we are all very proud.”
“They are parting as close friends and will continue to work together as partners with the Eagles organization and in the meaningful work of the Eagles Youth Partnership and the Lurie Family Foundation.”
This is somewhat stunning news in an offseason that has been filled with mostly positives for the team.
Would the fact that the owners of a professional sports team are getting a divorce have any type of impact on the organization as a whole? Particularly, the on-field product?
Logically, I wouldn’t think so. They are far enough removed from the football side of things that it shouldn’t have any impact whatsoever.
This shouldn’t be as messy as the Frank and Jamie McCourt divorce that impacted the Los Angeles Dodgers a few years ago. Theirs was a bitter split marked by court battles and ownership stake in the team.
The McCourt’s divorce was blamed for a decline in attendance, loss of revenue, and a lackluster 2010 season. However, they appear to be the exception and not the rule.
Just before the beginning of last football season, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank filed for divorce from his wife of 16 years, Stephanie.
The Falcons were coming off a 13-3 season in 2010 and made a bold move in the NFL draft to move up and snare talented receiver Julio Jones, as they thought he was all the team needed to take the next step.
In 2011, the team was thought to be a serious championship contender but got off to a sluggish start at 2-3 in their first five games. They would end up with a 10-6 record and a quick exit in the wild card round.
Do you think the divorce could have had a slight psychological impact on the team that filtered down from above? Sometimes when things are unstable at the top, it has a way of causing a ripple affect throughout an organization.
I don’t think the Lurie’s divorce will have any impact on the team this season. They seem to be handling it the best way imaginable and genuinely do not want it to impact the team in any way.
Well, at least that’s what it sounds like. Let’s hope this doesn’t turn into an ugly distraction that takes away from what could be a great year for the football team.
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