September 1, 1994 |
Owner's box, Veterans Stadium, third exhibition game. The Eagles have just defeated the Cincinnati Bengals. It is the first and - as it turns out - the only victory of the Jeffrey Lurie era, and the new owner is pleased. The final whistle blows. Eagles win! Eagles win! Seated in the first row of the box, Lurie slowly gets to his feet and begins to applaud. Then the guy sitting to his left notices and stands up and begins clapping. Then the guy to his right - who happens to be club president Harry Gamble - notices and stands up and begins clapping.
September 24, 1998 |
The Eagles are now 0-3 with no end of losses in sight. Who's to blame? Bobby Hoying? Ray Rhodes? The Bank of Boston? If there is an enduring article of faith in this town, it is that Jeffrey Lurie paid too much for the Birds. Or more on point: borrowed too much from that New England institution, more than $190 million. And now, those who subscribe to this theory will tell you, he is unable or unwilling to spend what it takes to make the team a winner. But is it so?
March 6, 1994 |
Jeffrey Lurie loves pro football so much that he is apparently willing to shell out $185 million for the Eagles. But the similarities between Lurie and a stogie-puffing, chest-thumping, headline-craving, old-boys'-network-aspiring professional sports team owner end right there. Lurie, the 42-year-old heir to a publishing fortune, appears to be a real '90s kind of guy. He has a Ph.D. in social policy from Brandeis University. His doctoral dissertation was titled "The Depiction of Women in Hollywood Movies.
January 13, 1995 |
Bill Walsh, who built the San Francisco 49ers into a Super Bowl dynasty, is trying to help Jeffrey Lurie do the same thing in Philadelphia by brokering a deal between his old friend Dick Vermeil and the Eagles. And it appears that Walsh's efforts could pay off. Representatives of Lurie, the Eagles' owner, and Vermeil reviewed counterproposals yesterday, and there is evidence of renewed life for a deal that could bring Vermeil to the Eagles as head coach and general manager. But Lurie, sources said, may not be done interviewing other head coaching candidates.
November 10, 1994 |
Veterans Stadium was abuzz - and the Eagles' front office puzzled - yesterday over head coach Rich Kotite's latest remarks about his job status. Kotite expanded on comments he'd made on Tuesday in The Inquirer, acknowledging that new team owner Jeffrey Lurie had made him "a lame duck" coach and that he, too, would evaluate his situation after the season. "I get along extremely well with (Lurie)," Kotite said yesterday after the team's first practice for Cleveland, which will be at Veterans Stadium on Sunday.
April 7, 1994 |
Miami car dealer Norman Braman - who kept pro football in Philadelphia and built a foundering franchise into a perennial contender, but whose tough negotiating tactics soured his relationship with many players and fans and led to free-agency defections - agreed yesterday to sell the Eagles to Hollywood producer Jeffrey Lurie for a record $185 million. The sale, which must be approved by three-fourths of the NFL's 28 owners, should be completed in four weeks, ending Braman's nine turbulent years as owner of one of the most profitable and enduring franchises in all of pro sports.
March 5, 2014 |
OCCASIONALLY, circumstances dictate that several lesser issues be plumbed at once. And, so . . . If the Eagles do, in fact, pursue a top free-agent safety when negotiations begin Saturday, it will be a marked departure from the philosophy they have followed in the nearly 20 years Jeffrey Lurie has owned the team. Yes, they signed Brian Dawkins to a 7-year extension after the 2002 season, but Dawkins was their own: a second-round pick in 1996, in the prime of his career, with impeccable character and an unmatched skill set. He was the most professional person in the franchise and the key to Jim Johnson's fearsome defensive scheme.
July 21, 2010 |
The wives stream by, bejeweled and Botoxed, in a high-priced parade of designer labels and expensive perfume. They are laughing, mostly, and why not? They are immaculately dressed down to their open-toed wedge sandals, not an eyelash out of place, not a fingernail chipped, and almost all are carrying boutique bags filled with Gucci and Chanel and Hermes. It is a charmed life, that of an NFL owner's wife. The pedestrian worries of common folks - such as how to pay the soaring electric bill or what to do once the severance payments run out - aren't of their concern.
June 10, 2013 |
After 10 seasons at Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles are investing $125 million to renovate the stadium during the next two years. The privately financed project will include a seating expansion, two new high-definition video boards, upgraded amenities, WiFi installation, imagery of great moments and players throughout team history, and two new connecting bridges for the upper concourses. The project was started in 2010 and has included research of season-ticket holders, the season-ticket advisory board, and focus groups of fans, as well as surveying architectural firms that have built stadiums since Lincoln Financial Field opened.
January 31, 2014 |
IT'S AN ALLURING concept. It is the chance for a city to show its best side; a chance for a franchise to host its bully-boy peers. The Eagles are approaching the finish of their $125 million facelift at 10-year-old Lincoln Financial Field. They announced yesterday a partnership with Panasonic that will bring a new meaning to watching a game at the Linc - and might help lure the biggest game of all. They will spend $25 million on audio-visual upgrades that include high-definition video boards in each end zone.