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Michael J. Bidwill
President

Biography

NOTE CARDS

  • Since Michael Bidwill took over as team president in 2007, the Cardinals have gone .500 or better in seven of 10 seasons (just twice in previous 20 years) and posted four double-digit win seasons (none in previous 20). The team has a 91-77-1 record in 10 seasons under Bidwill, including the postseason.
  • Of the Cardinals seven all-time postseason wins, five have come during Bidwill’s 10 years as team president. Arizona has played in nine postseason contests since Bidwill took over in 2007. The Cardinals played just seven total playoff games in their entire history prior to his tenure.
  • Arizona has appeared in the NFC Championship Game twice during Bidwill’s time as president (2008, 2015), including a victory in the 2008 conference title game that led to the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl appearance (Super Bowl XLIII).
  • During a nine-day span in January of 2013, Bidwill hired Steve Keim as the team’s general manager and Bruce Arians as head coach. The Cardinals 41 wins in the resulting four seasons represent the most in any four-year span in franchise history.
  • The 2015 season was a banner year for the organization as the team won the NFC West, set a franchise record for wins in the regular season (13) and earned the first postseason bye in team history.
  • Oversaw the team’s appearance in the groundbreaking Amazon Original series All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals. Produced by NFL Films, the eight-episode series was awarded the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary in May of 2017.
  • In January of 2016, the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame inducted Bidwill and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey into the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame.
  • In December of 2014, Commissioner Roger Goodell tapped Bidwill to chair the league’s new Conduct Committee. The committee reviews the league’s Personal Conduct Policy at least annually and recommends appropriate changes with advice from outside experts. 
  • Leading the list of his Cardinals accomplishments is the creation of University of Phoenix Stadium. Since its opening in 2006, the team has sold out all 114 games (preseason and postseason included) played at the venue, which has also hosted a pair of Super Bowls and a Pro Bowl.
  • In addition to his role in helping Arizona land Super Bowls XLII and XLIX, Michael was instrumental in getting the 2015 Pro Bowl moved to Arizona. Played a week apart, Super Bowl XLIX and the 2015 Pro Bowl combined to deliver a record economic impact of $720 million to the region.   

NOTE CARDS

  • Since Michael Bidwill took over as team president in 2007, the Cardinals have gone .500 or better in seven of 10 seasons (just twice in previous 20 years) and posted four double-digit win seasons (none in previous 20). The team has a 91-77-1 record in 10 seasons under Bidwill, including the postseason.
  • Of the Cardinals seven all-time postseason wins, five have come during Bidwill’s 10 years as team president. Arizona has played in nine postseason contests since Bidwill took over in 2007. The Cardinals played just seven total playoff games in their entire history prior to his tenure.
  • Arizona has appeared in the NFC Championship Game twice during Bidwill’s time as president (2008, 2015), including a victory in the 2008 conference title game that led to the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl appearance (Super Bowl XLIII).
  • During a nine-day span in January of 2013, Bidwill hired Steve Keim as the team’s general manager and Bruce Arians as head coach. The Cardinals 41 wins in the resulting four seasons represent the most in any four-year span in franchise history.
  • The 2015 season was a banner year for the organization as the team won the NFC West, set a franchise record for wins in the regular season (13) and earned the first postseason bye in team history.
  • Oversaw the team’s appearance in the groundbreaking Amazon Original series All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals. Produced by NFL Films, the eight-episode series was awarded the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary in May of 2017.
  • In January of 2016, the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame inducted Bidwill and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey into the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame.
  • In December of 2014, Commissioner Roger Goodell tapped Bidwill to chair the league’s new Conduct Committee. The committee reviews the league’s Personal Conduct Policy at least annually and recommends appropriate changes with advice from outside experts. 
  • Leading the list of his Cardinals accomplishments is the creation of University of Phoenix Stadium. Since its opening in 2006, the team has sold out all 114 games (preseason and postseason included) played at the venue, which has also hosted a pair of Super Bowls and a Pro Bowl.
  • In addition to his role in helping Arizona land Super Bowls XLII and XLIX, Michael was instrumental in getting the 2015 Pro Bowl moved to Arizona. Played a week apart, Super Bowl XLIX and the 2015 Pro Bowl combined to deliver a record economic impact of $720 million to the region.  

 

The Cardinals have been in the Bidwill family since Pro Football Hall of Famer Charles Bidwill purchased the team in 1933. Charles’ son Bill handled day-to-day operations for decades before passing the torch to his son, Michael, who joined the organization in 1996 after practicing law for six years as a federal prosecutor.

CARDINALS LEADERSHIP: After initially serving as Vice President/General Counsel, Michael took over as team President in 2007 and his leadership has transformed the franchise. Since ’07, the Cardinals have gone .500 or better in seven of 10 seasons (just twice in previous 20 years) and posted four double-digit win seasons (none in previous 20 years), including a franchise-record 13 victories in 2015. The Cardinals victory over the Packers in the Divisional round in 2015 was the seventh postseason win in franchise history. Of those seven wins, five have come during Bidwill’s tenure as team president.

The Cardinals won more games in the past four seasons (41) than in any previous four-year span in franchise history. That success has been, in part, due to a pair of hires Bidwill made during a nine-day span in January of 2013. On January 8, he hired Steve Keim as General Manager and nine days later tabbed Bruce Arians as Head Coach. A long-time Cardinals scout, Keim went on to earn NFL Executive of the Year from Pro Football Talk in both 2013 and 2014 and also earned the same honor from the Sporting News in 2014. Arians, meanwhile, has captured a number of the league’s most distinguished awards. That includes Associated Press Coach of the Year honors in 2014, marking the second time in three years Arians received that award. Both Keim and Arians had multiple years remaining on their contracts when they were rewarded with extensions from Bidwill in February of 2015.

The Cardinals success under Bidwill has greatly elevated the team’s popularity both locally and nationally. That fact is best measured in the record-setting ratings for Cardinals game broadcasts. Locally, the team established a host of franchise records for the TV broadcasts over the last three seasons. Nationally, the team’s exposure is at an all-time high. The Cardinals have played in eight primetime games over the last two seasons, posting a 6-1-1 record in those contests. Arizona played an unprecedented five primetime games during the 2015 regular season and posted a perfect 5-0 record those matchups. Arizona was “flexed” into NBC’s Sunday Night Football twice in 2015; they had only ever been flexed one other time in franchise history. The Cardinals victory over the Packers in the Divisional round postseason matchup in 2015 averaged 33.7 million viewers and was the highest-rated primetime Saturday NFL Divisional playoff game ever.

Bidwill also oversaw the team’s appearance in the groundbreaking Amazon Original series All or Nothing: A Season with the Arizona Cardinals, which chronicled the 2015 Cardinals season from the draft through the NFC Championship game. Produced by NFL Films, the eight-episode series was awarded the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary in May of 2017.

IF YOU BUILD IT: Among Michael’s most significant accomplishments with the Cardinals was leading the effort that led to the creation of University of Phoenix Stadium. The venue has been a vital factor in the transformation of the Cardinals and a catalyst for the franchise’s success. The team has sold out all 114 games played since the opening of the iconic stadium that has welcomed millions of Cardinals fans. The venue has also allowed Arizona to host a pair of Super Bowls, something that would have been impossible previously. After hosting Super Bowl XLII in 2008, the stadium not only staged Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 but also landed the Pro Bowl thanks to Bidwill’s lobbying efforts. Super Bowl XLIX and surrounding events delivered an economic impact of $720 million, the highest for any Super Bowl on record and the largest for any special event in the state of Arizona.

In addition to Super Bowl XLII, Super Bowl XLIX and the 2015 Pro Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium also hosted the second-ever College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship Game in January of 2015 and hosted the Fiesta Bowl (CFP Semi-Final Game) between Clemson and Ohio State in December of 2016. The stadium also served as the home for the NCAA’s Men’s Basketball Final Four in April of 2017. It was the first Final Four ever held in Arizona and the first held west of Texas since 1995.

Another project undertaken by Bidwill was the $15 million expansion and renovation of the team’s Tempe practice facility. A three-phase project that took over two years to complete, it added over 92,000 square feet to the team’s headquarters (including practice bubble and additions to main building).

Among the upgrades and expansions were a stand-alone 78,000 square foot indoor practice bubble, a new full-service kitchen and dining area, an expanded weight room and new player rehab and cardio area that more than doubled the size of the previous weight room, expanded and newly re-designed locker room for players and coaches, an updated athletic training room and doctor’s examination room and additional meeting rooms.

“Michael wants to win,” head coach Bruce Arians said after the renovations were completed. “It’s very evident in just the amount of resources he poured into upgrading our facility.”

CONTRIBUTIONS TO GREATER PHOENIX: In addition to his prominent role with the Cardinals, Bidwill has established himself as an influential leader in the greater Phoenix business community where he has been a strong advocate for economic growth and development. From 2008-10, Bidwill served back-to-back terms as Chairman of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). He is a board member of the Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL), an organization composed of the region’s top business and civic leaders. He is also one of 16 members of the Arizona Commerce Authority Board of Directors which the ACA says “unites some of the state’s most powerful, proactive officials with its globally recognized leaders of business.”

In January of 2016, Bidwill and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey were inducted into the National Football Foundation (NFF) Hall of Fame for their roles in helping shape the economic future of the state. “Governor Ducey and Michael Bidwill share many similar traits, and they have developed a close relationship with the singular goal of making Arizona a better place,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “They have formed a powerful public-private partnership, and we are proud to recognize them for their joint leadership and their efforts to unify their state and promote its reputation as a prime place to conduct business with an unmatched quality of life.”

In March of last year, Bidwill was chosen to serve as the Grand Marshal of the 33rd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. The popular parade, considered one of the largest and longest running in Phoenix, is also the Valley’s only authentic day-long Irish party. Prior to leading the event, Bidwill received a plaque commemorating the occasion and to help honor the role the Cardinals organization has played in the community.

In May of 2015, Michael was presented with the prestigious Vision Award from the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau, an honor bestowed just three times previously. “Michael has embraced Greater Phoenix’s visitor industry and amplified its power. His proven civic guidance and emergence as a leader in the ‘new Arizona’ have helped our state make monumental strides as a preferred destination for visitors, job growth and future economic success,” said Steve Moore, President and CEO of Visit Phoenix. The three previous recipients were Phoenix mayors Skip Rimsza and Phil Gordon and former Suns and Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo.

Bidwill received the 2014 Transformational Leader Award from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry. In November of 2013, he received the “West Valley Regional Advancement Award” from Western Maricopa Coalition, which cited continued positive impact in that community. Bidwill was selected by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of its 25 “Most Admired CEO’s” in 2010.

NFL LEADERSHIP: Within the National Football League, Michael’s influence has also increased exponentially in recent years. That was best exemplified in December of 2014 when he was selected to chair the league’s new Conduct Committee. Formed to ensure that the league’s Personal Conduct Policy remains current and consistent with best practices and evolving legal and social standards, the committee reviews that policy at least annually and recommend appropriate changes with advice from outside experts. Bidwill brings unique perspective and experience to the Committee, as he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Department of Justice in Phoenix from 1990-96, specializing in homicide and other violent crime cases.

Michael also chairs the league’s Security and Fan Conduct Committee, a group of eight club executives that oversees and develops best security practices for NFL facilities, and has also been a member of the league’s Business Ventures Committee since 2007. In December of 2012, he was appointed to the board of the National Football League Foundation which is dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. In March of 2014, the NFL Foundation approved a five-year, $45 million grant to USA Football to support the growth of youth football. An additional $25 million from the NFL Foundation has been committed to new health and safety projects over three years. The Foundation also has committed $1 million in annual grant funding to provide athletic trainers to high schools in underserved areas across the country. He also spoke on a panel at the recent Women’s Career Development Symposium in Arizona. In recent years, grants have also been established to support the NFL’s annual Crucial Catch initiative in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Salute to Service program in honor of the of the men and women who served and are currently serving in the military, and also to support individual player charitable foundations. In 2015, over 2.5 million individuals were impacted by NFL Foundation grants awarded to individual clubs.

BACKGROUND: Bidwill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from St. Louis University in 1987 and in 1990 earned a law degree from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. In May of 2015 – 25 years after his own graduation from the school – Michael delivered the commencement address at Catholic University’s School of Law and was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

A licensed pilot and flying enthusiast, Bidwill has participated as a volunteer for “Flying Samaritans,” a group of volunteers including doctors and other medical personnel who offer free medical clinics in Mexico. Michael additionally is a member of the board for the Pat Tillman Foundation, which carries on the legacy of the former Cardinals safety killed in Afghanistan in 2004. He has also previously served as a member of the Air Force Chief of Staff Civic Leader Program whose membership “comprises respected community leaders (who) provide ideas and feedback to advise the secretary of the Air Force, the Air Force chief of staff and Air Force senior leaders.”

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