This week’s deaths included the hall of fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to their only NBA title; the former Mad magazine editor who established its unique brand of satire; and a British actor who mixed charm and menace in a wide range of roles. Below are summaries of these and other obituaries from the past week.
Ralph C. Wilson Jr., the last surviving founder of the American Football League and only original AFL owner who had kept his team, New York’s Buffalo Bills, in its originating city, has died. He was 95.
A $50 million settlement of a lawsuit against the National Football League over claims it made money using players’ images in marketing without sharing it with them was given final approval by a judge.
The National Football League will devote four days to teaching players how to run franchise businesses, with Carolina Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson, who built an empire of 800 restaurants from one hamburger stand, as the key speaker.
Art Donovan, who won back-to-back National Football League championships with the Baltimore Colts in 1958-59 and was the franchise’s first player to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has died. He was 88.