The immediate future of the Indianapolis Colts is in new hands.
With the team owner Jim Irsay seeking treatment after his arrest on OWI and drug possession, the Colts have turned to his daughter, Carlie. She has been with the Colts for six years, starting as a vice president.
The team released this statement this morning, reading "in the case of a temporary absence of Mr. Irsay, Carlie Irsay-Gordon is the principal of authority."
Now married and mom to three children, Carlie Irsay Gordon moves into the top spot just before the NFL Draft and the city's bid for another Super Bowl.
Until now, she kept mostly out of the media's spotlights. From two years ago, there's video of Carlie riding upside down on the Super Bowl zipline with sister Kalen. Last week, she accepted the appreciation of Indiana's National Guard for the Colts efforts to provide free tickets to soldiers.
Now the Colts vice chair/owner is acting in place as her CEO/owner dad.
"I think Carlie will be a rubber stamp," said Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz.
He called her a "caretaker" of the team while coaches and General Manager Ryan Grigson prepare for May's draft.
"I think they have a game plan going in. I don't see much significant change with Carlie in charge right now," he explained.
The city is also currently finalizing its bid to host its second Super Bowl. The proposal goes the NFL at the end of April. The all-important presentation to team owners is set for late May and, for now, Jim Irsay is out of the picture.
"It would be best to have him there," said Dan McQuiston, a marketing professor at Butler University's College of Business.
Is it critical to have him there?
"I don't think it is critical," he answered.
McQuiston is confident Indianapolis' 2012 Super Bowl performance will speak for itself.
"We've got some pretty good stock. We've got some pretty good capital invested with the NFL," he explained.
The Colts' website says Carlie started attending NFL owner's meetings 10 years ago, but attending this weekend's meeting without dad at her side, is likely to be an entirely different experience.
Jim Irsay checked himself in a treatment facility following his arrest Sunday from a traffic stop in which police said he failed sobriety tests and had multiple prescription drugs inside his vehicle. Irsay was released on bond Monday afternoon. Formal charges are pending. Irsay's first court appearance is scheduled for next week.
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