March 22, 1994 |
Many Philadelphia football fans might not be the only people eager to see Norman Braman sell the Eagles. Down here, senior NFL executives who have gathered for their annual winter meetings said yesterday that they were ready for Braman to go, too. Even NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue - in a rare display of candor about the pending sale of a team - embraced Braman's suitor, Hollywood producer Jeffrey Lurie. "I know Jeff," Tagliabue said. "I met him about a year ago, when he was having some conversations with Jim Orthwein about buying the (New England)
March 29, 1995 |
Ricky Watters, finishing the last of a series of live radio interviews on his first day in an Eagles uniform, turned to leave the press lounge on the fourth floor of Veterans Stadium and ran right into another free agent who was signed yesterday. Raleigh McKenzie - all 6-feet-2, 277 pounds of him - clogged the doorway. Watters, perhaps realizing that McKenzie will soon be in charge of opening the middle of the field for him, quickly embraced the former Washington Redskins offensive lineman.
March 4, 1994 |
A Hollywood producer who is heir to a multimillion-dollar publishing fortune has offered to buy the Philadelphia Eagles for $185 million, the highest price ever offered for a National Football League franchise, sources familiar with the proposed deal said yesterday. Miami car dealer Norman Braman, who bought the Eagles for $65 million in 1985, is seriously considering the offer from Jeffrey Lurie of Beverly Hills, Calif., who has tried four times in the last two years to buy an NFL franchise and failed for one reason or another.
January 5, 1995 |
Dick Vermeil has decided that he wants to return to the Eagles as head coach and general manager, and he plans to meet today or tomorrow with owner Jeffrey Lurie to see if a deal can be struck, two sources close to Vermeil said last night. Lurie, who has been courting the former Eagles head coach for weeks, was expected at the Eagles offices at Veterans Stadium sometime today after returning from a Florida vacation and from completing the purchase of a house in the Philadelphia suburbs.
March 30, 1994 |
Eagles owner Norman Braman is very close to signing an agreement to sell the team to Hollywood producer Jeffrey Lurie for an estimated $185 million, sources close to the Eagles said yesterday. The agreement of sale has already been reviewed and approved by senior NFL executives and could be signed as early as tomorrow or Friday, pending Braman's final approval of minor financial items, the sources said. "This is a transaction that will happen," said one source close to the Eagles who asked not to be identified.
April 8, 1994 |
After nearly 48 hours of gag orders, conjecture and wondering out loud, it's time to try to answer lingering questions about the $185 million sale of the Eagles to Hollywood producer Jeffrey Lurie. While the NFL works to approve the sale, Lurie will be confronted with several pressing issues - how to restructure the front office, whether to keep the coaching staff, how to deal with free agency, and how to reverse Norman Braman's long-term erosion of the public confidence in the organization.
August 1, 1998 |
Jeffrey Lurie isn't about to call the glass half-empty. Still, the always-optimistic owner of the Eagles acknowledged yesterday that his club's glass isn't quite as full as he'd hoped it would be in the fifth year of his stewardship. "I don't see the closeness to us winning the Super Bowl," Lurie said. "Any team that went 6-9-1 and thinks they're on the verge of winning the Super Bowl - well, maybe they are. But I'm a practical person, a realist. "There are a lot of teams with 8-8 talent.
December 31, 2012 |
Andy Reid probably won't have to wait very long to receive the news. If Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is going to remove him as head coach, Reid will most likely get the message soon after he leaves the field at the Meadowlands late Sunday afternoon. Maybe the owner will ask Reid to meet him back at the NovaCare Complex when the team returns to Philadelphia. Maybe he will request a meeting Monday morning at the team facility. In any case, Lurie has enough respect for Reid after 14 years of working together to deliver that decision in person.
April 1, 1994 |
Jeffrey Lurie is eager to buy the Eagles. Owner Norman Braman is in no particular hurry to sign on the dotted line. As this cross-continent melodrama drags into its fifth week, Braman decided yesterday to use the long Easter weekend to comb through the terms of the record $185 million sale, frustrating Lurie, his high-priced lawyers and his bank for another day. In other words, the Miami car dealer who has made a national reputation as...
February 5, 1995 |
At about 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday, sitting in a hospitality suite at Turnberry Isle Resort in luxurious Aventura, Fla., about 10 miles north of Miami, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie rose from his chair to shake the hand of Ray Rhodes. Rhodes, a stout man of few words except when it comes to the game of football, looked at Lurie for a moment and then surveyed the room. His inquisitors were all there - Lurie and his wife, Christina; Jeff Auerbach, Lurie's Hollywood buddy, who runs the Eagles' business operations; and Joseph Banner, Lurie's boyhood chum and cautious alter ego. These four NFL neophytes had just spent nearly four hours questioning a man who had spent all of his adult life in the insular, fraternal world of pro football.