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Encyclopedia > Bill Bidwill

William V. "Bill" Bidwill, Sr. (born 1931 in Chicago, Illinois) is the owner of the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL. He inherited the team from his parents. His father, Charles Bidwill, owned the team from 1933 until his death in 1947, while the team was in Chicago. His mother, Violet, authorized business partner Ray Bennigsen to carry on management of the team. She would remarry in 1949 (to St. Louis businessman Walter Wolfner). Two years later, Bidwill's two adopted sons, Charles, Jr. (Stormy) and Bill would be named president and vice-president of the team, respectively. In 1960, Violet would move the Cardinals to St. Louis. When she died in 1962, Charles and Bill became legal owners of the team, until Bill purchased it outright in 1972. Only the Chicago Bears and New York Giants have been controlled by one family longer than the Cardinals. Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... City Glendale, Arizona Other nicknames The Cards, The Birds, Big Red Team colors Cardinal Red, Black, and White Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt Owner Bill Bidwill General manager Rod Graves Mascot Big Red League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1920–present) Western Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Charles W. Bidwill, Sr. ... 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Big Blue, G-Men, The Jints, The New York Football Giants Team colors Royal Blue, Red, Gray, and White Head Coach Tom Coughlin Owner John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%) General manager Jerry Reese League/Conference affiliations National...


After graduating from the elite Georgetown Preparatory School, Bidwill joined the United States Navy, serving until 1956. Afterwards, he attended Georgetown University, from which he earned a business degree. In 1960, after graduating from college, he joined his family's franchise, which had moved to St. Louis a few months before. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... {{ USN redirects here. ... Georgetown University, incorporated as the The President and Directors of the College of Georgetown, is a private university in the United States, located in Georgetown, a historic neighborhood of Washington, D.C. With roots extending back to March 25, 1634 and founded in its current form on January 23, 1789... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


Bidwill's ownership has been marked by little success. In his 45 years as at least part-owner, the team has had just 4 playoff berths. He moved the team to Phoenix, Arizona after the 1987 NFL season after St. Louis refused to build a replacement for Busch Memorial Stadium. Bidwill has a reputation for being cheap when it comes to signing big name players; the Cardinals have had one of the lowest payrolls in the league for many years. In recent years, however, the Cardinals have begun to spend similar amounts to other teams, which is believed to stem from the opening of their new stadium and the revenue that came with it in 2006. Nickname: Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: , Country United States State Arizona Counties Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... The 1987 NFL season was the 68th regular season of the National Football League. ... Busch Memorial Stadium, or Busch Stadium was the home of the St. ...


In recent years, Bidwill has ceded much of the day-to-day operations of the Cardinals to his sons, Michael and Bill, Jr.


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No offer was made by Michael Bidwill and Graves in that session, but the pair spent most of the day with Green and then flew back to Arizona to brief Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill and endorse Green as their choice.
All received interviews last week, with the team's search being conducted by Graves, as well as Michael Bidwill and his brother, William Bidwill Jr., who are both team vice presidents and the sons of Bill Bidwill.
Michael Bidwill, who is also the team's general counsel, is emerging as the franchise's primary decision-maker, and is it believed that he has been given the authority by his father to make significant changes to how the low-budget Cardinals have traditionally done business.
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