Jack Kent Cooke, who owns 85 percent of the Washington Redskins football team stock agreed yesterday to split his estimated $100 million property with his former wife, their attorneys said yesterday in Los Angeles.
The divorce settlement was believed to be one of the largest in history.
Cooke said on the telephone that the settlement will not affect the Redskin franchise.
Asked if he will retain personal control of the football club, he said, "Yes, I expect to," then suggested that be changed to "I hope to."
The national Football League has a policy that discourages a franchise owner from maintaining financial interest in teams in other sports.
Cooke owns the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association and Los Angeles Kings in the National Hockey League.
All of his assets had been frozen pending settlement of the divorce. He was asked if he would now dispose of the Redskins, or the Lakers and Kings.
"I am aware of the (NFL's) unwritten policy and have been giving it the necessary consideration," he said, declining to elaborate.
He would not comment on an Associated Press story about the property settlement or the accuracy of figures in it.
Cooke owns the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., where the Lakers and Kings play. The story said he also owns 1.7 million shares of Teleprompter Corp., a home in Bel Aire and a ranch in Kern County.
He was reported as saying in 1973 that his holdings were worth $73 million, but the Teleprompter stock has increased $17.7 million in value since then.
Douglas Bagby, one of Mrs. Cooke's attorneys, was reported as saying $100 million was a "ball-park" figure to estimate the worth of his property, but Cooke's attorney, Joseph Ball, termed that an exaggeration.
Cooke, 66, and his former wife, Barbara Jean Cooke, 62, were married for 42 years before their divorce in October 1977.
Cooke described his health as fine, but said he would not go to Hawaii next week for the NFL meetings.
Don Weiss, executive director of the NFL, said from Hawaii that the question of dual ownership in different professional team sports probably would not be formally acted on because of a suit against the NFL's policy by the Noth American Soccer League.
Cooke, first vice president, owns 300 shares of the Redskin stock and Edward Bennett Williams, club president, 50. Williams was not available for comment on whether Cooke might dispose of the Redskins or the Lakers and Kings.
Robert A. Schulman, a member of the Redskin board of directors, said he had no knowledge of what Cooke might do about his sports holdings once the details of the divorce settlement are final and the suit by the soccer league is adjudicated.