The Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks are in advanced talks to acquire the Seattle-area leasing company that provides rental space to teams, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Lions chairman Martha Ford declined to comment on the talks, which are being led by a private equity firm, the person said.
The transaction would bring Lions ownership to the region’s largest market, where the Seahawks, who have won two Super Bowl titles, have been dominant.
Ford has also invested in rental properties for the Seattle Seahawks, which have won five of the past six NFL championships.
The Seahawks’ success has helped drive rental rates in the region.
Ford is a longtime supporter of the Seahawks.
She is also a big supporter of sports franchises in her area, including the Seattle Sounders, which she also owns.
The Seattle Times reported last week that Ford and the Seahawks were in the final stages of a potential purchase of the leasehold for the Seahawks’ practice facility.
The Times said Ford, who is chairman of Seattle Seahawks Sports and Entertainment, is the driving force behind the deal.
Ford, the Times said, also helped finance the renovation of Seahawks practice facility in 2012.
Seattle has been on the rise, with the Seahawks making the playoffs four straight seasons.
The team won two NFC championships in Seattle, including last year’s Super Bowl, and was recently named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Seattle Sounders are one of the best teams in the United States.