Philadelphia Eagles: The Luries' Divorce Can Sabotage Team's Season

Giorgos Kassakos@@Greek_QBAnalyst IJuly 9, 2012

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before an NFL NFC divisional playoff game Jan. 13, 2007 in the Superdome in New Orleans.  The Saints won 27 - 24.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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I don’t like gossip stories about someone’s private life when that man has a family. It’s perfectly fine to read about WAGs and other spicy stuff like that, but when children are involved, everyone should be discrete and careful what they say.

That said, I was surprised when I read about Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie's impending divorce. Not that I know anything about what's going on between him and his wife, Christina; I don’t even know what she looks like. But there were no signs that this was coming.

The point is that the Eagles are going to be in the middle of a divorce process. The Luries are the team owners and since they’re splitting up, their possessions will be split too.

We have no idea who owns the team on paper or if both have a share, and if that’s the case, whose share is bigger.

The most important factor is the nature of the divorce. I don’t buy the “amicable split-up” story. Not that I believe there will be a legal fight, but the couple can agree on some matters and disagree on others.

The Eagles might as well remain in the current (and unknown) ownership status, pass to one or the other side (if they’re under co-ownership now) or be sold to a new party. To me, this sounds pretty messy and can have a negative effect on the team.

Imagine the Eagles inside the turbulence of a chaotic divorce. There’ll be yellow stories in mass media, legal conflicts and a large unknown lying on the team’s future—all during the upcoming season, with the coaching staff and the players trying to get the Birds back to their winning ways.

This could be a scenario of science fiction as well, and hopefully we won’t have to endure more drama. Jeff and Christina know that this won’t be good for either of them, and it can be very bad for the Eagles.