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Bills, Titans, Broncos are possibly the next teams to be sold, eventually

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With the Browns on the verge of being sold by Randy Lerner to Jimmy Haslam, some of you have asked which other teams could be available.

OK, one of you has asked.  “Some” sounds better.

The chatter in league circles is that the teams most likely to be on the market in the not-too-distant future are the Bills, Titans, and Broncos.

The Bills and Titans are each held by their original AFL owners.  Ralph Wilson, who initially wanted to put an AFL team in Miami, has owned the Bills since 1960.  Bud Adams founded the Houston Oilers that same year, moving them to Tennessee 35 years later.

It’s believed that the families of Wilson, 93, and Adams, 89, will sell the franchises once they inherit ownership of them.  Actually, Haslam had been rumored as one of the candidates to buy the Titans, given that Haslam’s family lives and works in Tennessee.

The reasons for the potential availability of the Broncos, another original AFL franchise, aren’t known.  Owner Pat Bowlen is only 68, which makes him a spring chicken in relation to some of his colleagues.  Rumors and reports of memory issues swirled a couple of years ago, but that talk largely has subsided.  Some in Denver believe that, eventually, Bowlen will find a way to sell the team to V.P. of football operations John Elway, and that Elway will find a way to buy it.

Potential buyers don’t have to cut a check for $1 billion or close to that amount.  Instead, league rules permit one person to own as little as 30 percent.  Technically, one family may own 30 percent, with at least one person from the family owning 10 percent.

Here’s hoping the Kardashians aren’t aware of that.

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7 Responses to “Bills, Titans, Broncos are possibly the next teams to be sold, eventually”
  1. soundsofsuccess7 says: Jul 30, 2012 6:28 AM

    Bowlen will only sell the team to people he trusts. Whether that be Elway and investors or Stan Kroenke, owner of Avs and Nugs, for example, some random richass isn’t gonna get the broncos.

  2. jimmysee says: Jul 30, 2012 8:20 AM

    If Bills, Titans, Broncos are the “next” teams to be sold — the Packers are the last team to ever be sold.

    That stock buys security for Packers fans.

  3. shackdelrio says: Jul 30, 2012 9:05 AM

    I have to think with that Titans that Fred Smith from FedEx is a possibility. He was rumored to have had discussions with Weaver about the buying the Jags before The Stache bought them.

  4. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Jul 30, 2012 9:29 AM

    one thing the packers never will have to deal with. no richie rich owner taking all the profits either.

  5. joetoronto says: Jul 30, 2012 9:35 AM

    soundsofsuccess7 says:
    Jul 30, 2012 6:28 AM
    Bowlen will only sell the team to people he trusts. Whether that be Elway and investors or Stan Kroenke, owner of Avs and Nugs, for example, some random richass isn’t gonna get the broncos.
    ***************************************************
    Unfortunately, Pat Bowlen lost his marbles a year or two ago.

    I don’t see how you can be so sure about what he’s going to do, if he doesn’t know himself.

  6. polegojim says: Jul 30, 2012 10:02 AM

    I HOPE Kronke doesn’t buy them. The Bronco’s would be locked into the same fate of recent Nuggets and Avs years.

    Up, down down down, Up, down down down

    Mr. Kronke is not committed to building winning teams, only the appearance of it.

  7. maximusprime107 says: Jul 30, 2012 3:50 PM

    Elway will always get a huge free pass in Denver, but I’m not sure he’s the right man to be owner. He had a terrible draft and didn’t do anything to improve their already bad defense

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