This past week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the committees for the upcoming season, which are groups that help manage all aspects of the NFL both as a business and as a league.
Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay has a prominent role in these committees, as he continues to serve on the legislative committee (as the chairman), the finance committee, the Super Bowl committee, and the major events advisory committee. A couple of his daughters are now getting involved in some committees as well.
According to Colts.com, Vice-chair/owner Carlie Irsay-Gordon was named to the digital media committee, while vice-chair/owner Kalen Jackson was named to the employee benefits committee.
The digital media committee is, as you probably could guess, a group dealing with the NFL’s digital endeavors - including but not limited to NFL.com, NFL Game Pass, NFL Fantasy Football, and NFL Mobile. Irsay-Gordon is the only female member of the committee, which is co-chaired by New England Patriots president Jonathan Kraft and Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder.
The employee benefits committee is also pretty self-explanatory, as it deals with benefit plans for both team and league employees. Chicago Bears president and CEO Ted Phillips is the chairman of the committee.
The addition of two of the Irsay daughters to committees this year shows their growing influence in NFL circles. Jim Irsay is an influential owner, and the next generation of Colts ownership has been taking a bigger role in recent years. The addition of Carlie and Kalen to committees is a nice honor and a sign of their increasing influence.