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After initially serving as Vice President/General Counsel, Michael Bidwill took over as team President in 2007 and his leadership has transformed the franchise. Since ’07, the Cardinals have posted four double-digit win seasons (none in previous 20 years), including a franchise-record 13 victories in 2015. Of the Cardinals’ seven postseason wins, five have come during Bidwill’s tenure as team president.
- Leading the list of Michael Bidwill’s accomplishments with the Cardinals is the creation of State Farm Stadium. Since its opening in 2006, the team has sold out all 134 games (preseason and postseason included) played at the world-class venue that has been awarded three Super Bowls and a Pro Bowl.
- In addition to his role in helping Arizona land Super Bowls XLII and XLIX, he led the effort to land Super Bowl LVII (2023) in the spring of 2018. Michael was also instrumental in getting the 2015 Pro Bowl moved to Arizona; played a week before Super Bowl XLIX and the 2015 Pro Bowl combined to deliver a record economic impact of $720 million to the region.
- By the time it hosts Super Bowl LVII, State Farm Stadium will have undergone $100 million in improvements including parking infrastructure, state-of-the-art wifi, video boards, sound system upgrades and club-area enhancements since it staged Super Bowl XLIX.
- Of the Cardinals seven all-time postseason wins, five have come during Bidwill’s 12 years as team president. Arizona has played in nine postseason contests since Bidwill took over in 2007. The Cardinals played just seven total playoff g
- 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).
- Oversaw the team’s appearance in the ground-breaking 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 January of 2018, Michael was one of five owners named to the NFL’s Player-Owner Committee focused on social and racial justice initiatives. In December of 2014, Commissioner Roger Goodell tapped Bidwill to chair the league’s Conduct Committee. The committee reviews the league’s Personal Conduct Policy at least annually and recommends appropriate changes with advice from outside experts.
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 posted four double-digit win seasons (none in previous 20 years), including a franchise-record 13 victories in 2015. Of the Cardinals’ seven postseason wins, five have come during Bidwill’s tenure as team president.
The Cardinals success under Bidwill has greatly elevated the team’s popularity both locally and nation-ally. Michael 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. In February of 2018, the Cardinals launched Cardinals Flight Plan, a first-of-its-kind documentary series available on Facebook Watch and YouTube that took fans behind the scenes for an inside look at the team’s offseason.
IF YOU BUILD IT: Among Michael’s most significant accomplishments with the Cardinals was leading the effort that led to the creation of State Farm Stadium. The venue has been an integral factor in the transformation of the Cardinals and a catalyst for the franchise’s success. The team has sold out all 134 games played since the opening of the iconic stadium that has welcomed millions of Cardinals fans.
The venue has also given Arizona the opportunity to host three Super Bowls in a 15-year span, some-thing that would have been impossible previously. After hosting Super Bowl XLII in 2008, the stadium staged Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 and was awarded Super Bowl LVII to be played in 2023. 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 those Super Bowls, State Farm Stadium also hosted the second-ever College Football Playoff (CFP) National Champion-ship Game in January of 2015 as well as the NCAA’s Men’s Basket-ball Final Four in April of 2017. The Final Four was the first since 1995 held west of Texas and capped an unprecedented run of major sporting events at the stadium. That grand slam (Super Bowl XLIX, 2015 Pro Bowl, CFP Championship, and Final Four) poured $1.3 billion into the Valley’s economy according to a study completed by the Seidman Research Institute, W.P. Carey School of Business at Ari-zona State University.
Another project undertaken by Bidwill was the $15 million expansion and renovation of the Dignity Health Arizona Cardinals Training Center in Tempe. A three-phase project over two-plus years, it added more than 92,000 square feet to the team’s headquarters. Among the upgrades and expansions were a stand-alone 78,000 square foot indoor practice bubble, a new full-ser-vice 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.
CONTRIBUTIONS TO GREATER PHOENIX: In addition to his prominent role with the Cardinals, Bidwill has established himself as one of the most influential leaders in the greater Phoenix business community where he has been a strong advocate for economic growth and development. He is currently Chairman of the Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL), an organization composed of the region’s top business and civic leaders. From 2008-10, Bidwill served back-to-back terms as Chairman of the Greater Phoenix Eco-nomic Council (GPEC). 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.”
HONORS: In January of 2019, Michael received the Paul Tagliabue Award from the Fritz Pollard Alliance for demonstrating integrity and leadership in the area of career development for minorities and advocating for diversity. In May of 2019, the Ari-zona Lodging and Tourism Association named Bid-will its Honoree of the Year for his efforts to unify the tourism industry by convening industry leadership throughout the state to advance economic development and increase visitation.
In September of 2018, Bidwill was chosen as the Grand Marshal of the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl parade. In being selected for the honor, Bid-will joined a notable list of Grand Marshals, which includes Diamondbacks Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson, former Cardinals QB and Hall of Famer Kurt Warner and former Suns/Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo.
In November of 2017, Bidwill returned to St. Louis where he was honored at the prestigious Musial Awards after stepping up to fund the city’s high school football awards when the previous sponsor pulled out. 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. In March of 2016, Bidwill was chosen to serve as the Grand Marshal of the 33rd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, one of the most popular and longest running such events in Phoenix.
In May of 2015, Michael was presented with the esteemed Vision Award from the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau, an honor bestowed just three times previously: Phoenix mayors Skip Rimsza and Phil Gordon plus 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 Foot-ball League, Michael’s influence has also increased exponentially in recent years. In January of 2018, he was one of five owners named to the NFL’s Player-Owner Committee focused on social and racial justice initiatives. In December of 2014, Bidwill was selected to chair the league’s Conduct Commit-tee. 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 recommends 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.
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.”