INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 19, 2014) – Jim Irsay’s daughter is stepping up to take his place while he is in rehab.
A spokesperson for the Colts confirms Carlie Irsay-Gordon will run day-to-day operations for the team. She will also attend a NFL owners meeting next week in Orlando, Florida.
In many ways Irsay-Gordon has been prepping for this role her entire life. Irsay’s daughter has attended NFL owners meetings for the past 10 years. She interned with the Colts football and marketing departments during college. In 2008 the team appointed her to the role of vice president, then in 2012 she was promoted to vice chair and co-owner.
Mr. Irsay appears to be continuing the tradition of keeping the business in the family. He took over the team when his father, Robert Irsay, passed away in 1997. At the time Jim Irsay was the youngest owner in the NFL.
Much like her father, Irsay-Gordon, has been heavily involved in the community. She has volunteered her time with the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana for the past two years.
“She’s very smart, very capable. I think this is an exciting time for our community to have a woman in charge of another important corporation even if it’s for an abbreviated time,” said Jennifer Pope Baker with the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana.
Local women’s groups were excited to hear about Irsay-Gordon’s new title. There are only a handful of women who own a NFL team.
“I am thrilled Carlie Irsay-Gordon is taking over the Colts. Indianapolis needs more women leaders in our city to encourage our young women and girls to aspire to become future leaders in our communities. Carlie will bring unique knowledge, skills, and abilities to the Colts and we will be cheering her on,” said Sarah Lacey, the CEO of Linking Indy Women.
The Colts organization tells FOX59 they are confident she can act in her father’s absence. As of right now the team spokesperson could not say how long Irsay-Gordon will be in charge. She could be at the helm for a while, especially if Jim Irsay faces discipline from the NFL. Irsay-Gordon is married with three children. She is one of Irsay’s three daughters. His other daughters also hold the title of vice chair and co-owner.