Martha Ford Takes Over Lions Ownership; Bill Ford Jr. Remains Vice Chairman

By Ashley Dunkak

CBS DETROIT – The Detroit Lions will stay in the Ford family, the team announced Monday after longtime owner William Clay Ford Sr. died Sunday of pneumonia at the age of 88.

“Pursuant to long-established succession plans, Mr. Ford’s controlling interest in the Lions passes to Mrs. Martha Ford,” the team stated in a press release. “She and her four children will continue to be involved in the ownership of the franchise, as they have during Mr. Ford’s tenure.”

The Lions also announced that Bill Ford Jr. will continue as vice chairman of the team.

Ford Sr. owned the Detroit franchise for 50 years, a span in which the Lions posted a losing record, made just 10 playoff appearances and recorded only one playoff win.


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