Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie gets married

Jeffrey Lurie and Tina Lai were married in a private ceremony over the weekend. She is from Philadelphia.
Jeffrey Lurie and Tina Lai were married in a private ceremony over the weekend. She is from Philadelphia. (      Jensen Larson Photography)
Posted: May 07, 2013

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie married Philadelphia resident Tina Lai in a private ceremony this weekend. Lurie, 61, announced last July that he and Christina Weiss Lurie were getting divorced after 20 years of marriage.

Lai will have no official role in the Eagles organization. The wedding was attended by family and close friends.

"I am happy and excited as Tina and I begin our lives together," Lurie said in a statement.

Lai, 39, is from a family that owns restaurants in Philadelphia, including the Vietnam Restaurant in Chinatown and the Vietnam Cafe in University City. Her family immigrated from Vietnam in 1978. She was involved in starting the cafes, although she no longer has a direct role in the restaurants, according to a restaurant spokeswoman.

Lurie bought the Eagles in 1994 for a then-record $195 million. The franchise is now worth $1.26 billion, according to Forbes' 2012 valuation. Lurie maintained full control over the team in his divorce settlement, although Christina remains a part owner and serves as president of the Eagles Youth Partnership.

"I've structured this franchise around having complete control, [including] 100 percent voting and total, final decision-making," Lurie said in August. "That continues. I've always had a couple of limited partners that were nonvoting and not involved in decisions, football decisions particularly. That continues. Christina will also be a limited partner as she has been, just like the other limited partners."

Lurie's marriage is another milestone in perhaps the most eventful year in his 19 years of owning the franchise.

Joe Banner, Lurie's childhood friend and longtime team president, left the organization in June and now runs the Cleveland Browns. In December, Lurie fired coach Andy Reid after 14 years. And in January, Lurie hired Chip Kelly to lead the Eagles.


Contact Zach Berman at zberman@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @ZBerm.

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