On this date: Allen’s ownership approved

A look at a memorable moment in Seahawks history that occurred on Aug. 19:

1997: Football Northwest is approved as the new owners of the Seahawks by the other owners in the NFL. The organization is the football section of the far-reaching umbrella controlled by Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft who purchased the team from former owner Ken Behring.

“It’s great. It’s exciting. And we’re happy that piece is behind us,” is the way club executive Bob Whitsitt views the needed approval. “But I think the biggest thing was when we actually signed the option (to purchase the franchise on June 30).”

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