When an outsider buys all or part of an NFL team, a full-blown approval process becomes activated. When an owner of an NFL team dies and transfers all or part of the team to one or more family members, no approval process applies.

It’s a question that more than a few Texans fans have posed in recent weeks, hopeful that perhaps the powers-that-be would deem Cal McNair unqualified to officially assume the reins of the franchise his late father founded in 2002.

Technically, Janice McNair is listed as Co-Founder and Senior Chair of the Texans. Her son, Cal, is the Chairman and CEO. Regardless of whether Cal owns equity now or will acquire it as part of the administration of his mother’s estate, the transfer was or will be automatic, with no league procedures for approving, or not approving, Cal’s ownership of the team.