• My Scores
  • NCAA FB
  • NHL
  • MLB
  • NFL
  • NBA
  • Golf

Lions ownership passes to Martha Ford

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

The Ford Motor Company is flying its flags at half-mast in honor of William Clay Ford. (Getty Images)
The Ford Motor Company is flying its flags at half-mast in honor of William Clay Ford. (Getty Images)

With the death this weekend of Lions owner William Clay Ford, the team on Monday addressed the succession of ownership now that the man who's run the team for the past 50 years is gone.

According to a statement released by the organization, “Pursuant to long-established succession plans, Mr. Ford's controlling interest in the Lions passes to [his widow] Mrs. Martha Ford. She and her four children will continue to be involved in the ownership of the franchise, as they have during Mr. Ford's tenure.”

Ford's son, William Clay Ford Jr., will remain as the team's vice chairman. As the Detroit Free Press notes, he's held that role since 1995.

Regarding Martha Ford, mlive.com writes, "She is not expected to be heavily involved in the family's daily football operation, though her inheritance of the Lions ensures the team stays in the family."

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
NEVER MISS A MOCK DRAFT
Sign up to our newsletter and find out who your team could be picking
 

nfl Video

October 30, 2014
Saints at Panthers booth recap (2:14)
1 October 31, 2014
Jessie James Decker responds to 'Jets haters'
(3:14)
2 October 30, 2014
Drew Brees on dominant win over Panthers
(0:52)
3 October 31, 2014
Boomer and Carton's Week 9 NFL Picks
(5:27)

Latest

Most Popular