By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Detroit Lions had an ownership transfer on Tuesday. The Lions have begun the ownership transfer from Martha Firestone Ford.
Ford, who had been the owner of the team since 2014, will no longer be the principal owner of the team. Instead her daughter, Sheila Ford Hamp will be the owner moving forward.
“It has been a great honor for our family to be associated with the Lions and with the National Football League,” Ford said. “I am gratified that this family tradition which my husband and I began almost six decades ago, will continue under Sheila’s guiding hand. It is clear to me that Sheila will provide superb leadership and is fully committed to competitive excellence and community involvement.”
The Lions franchise was established on July 12, 1930. The team is approaching their 90th birthday in July.
The football team has been in the NFL since 1930. The team plays its games at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
The team was originally called the Portsmouth Spartans and were based in Portsmouth, Ohio. Despite early success, the team did not survive in Portsmoth, before moving to Detroit, Michigan.
The Lions have been playing in the Motor City since 1934.
The team has never won a Super Bowl. The Lions are the only franchise to be in operation for all the years of the Super Bowl to never play in the final game of the season.
While they have not played in a Super Bowl, the team does have four NFL Champions before the Super Bowl era began.
“My mother has inspired all of us since taking on leadership of the Lions over six years ago,” Hamp said. “She has been a tireless leader to our family, our team, and our community. Her smart decisions have given me a solid foundation to take the team forward. On behalf of the family and team, I want to thank her for her countless contributions. I look forward to leading the Lions to excellence on and off the field.”
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