Apparently, the Colts franchise is worth more than any money someone could offer Mr. Irsay, as he decided to turn down a record offer from someone wanting to buy the franchise.
The Colts have had some great success over the last couple of decades. They have been perennially near the top of the league in terms of wins. Apparently, that sustained success has elicited someone to try and pry the franchise from Jim Irsay’s hands.
According to reports, Irsay rejected an offer of $3.2 billion for the franchise. That would have been a record for any franchise to be sold for. But Irsay said no and decided to keep the franchise that has been in his family for the last few decades.
The Colts are Irsay’s livelihood and his main source of income. Obviously that income wouldn’t be an issue with receiving that much money in return for the franchise. But the team is his passion, and he doesn’t want to give that up. This is what he lives for.
No one can fault Irsay for deciding to keep the team under his ownership. Money clearly isn’t enough to take his love away from him. This is good news for the city of Indianapolis too, as a new owner could want to move the team to a different city. The team is clearly not for sale.
It’s unclear who made the offer for the team, but the city won’t be losing its franchise anytime soon. Irsay cares about this team and wants to build a winner in Indy.