Joe Ellis: Pat Bowlen left a succession plan for Broncos

AP

The Broncos already had a bit of an ugly family squabble over future ownership of the team, before the death of Pat Bowlen.

But the guy who has been overseeing the team says nothing has fundamentally changed because of Bowlen’s departure.

Via Mike Klis of KUSA, Broncos CEO and team president Joe Ellis said Bowlen left plans in place to cover the future of the team.

“I don’t want to talk too much about it other than to say Pat was prepared for this day,’’ Ellis said. “He put a plan in place. It was his plan. As a trustee, it’s my obligation and our obligation with my other two fellow trustees to carry out the plan.

“My role which he assigned me and talked to me about and asked me to take on is to be what is known as the controlling owner delegee. Not just CEO and president but to be here to represent him until a child is ready to take over. That’s what the plan is and I’m going to follow through on that and honor him.

“I know there’s some stuff out there that may be concerning to fans. Everybody here knows what Pat wants and what he’s all about. Outside of winning games, which is very hard to do in this league, everything else is in my opinion easily achievable. And we’re going to continue to do that and do great things in the community and obviously try to get better on the field and I’m optimistic about what John has done in the offseason.’’

Ellis is one of three trustees overseeing the team, and is the controlling owner delegee.

There is some dispute among family members over who will take control. Beth Bowlen Wallace, an older daughter from his first marriage, said last year she’s ready to take over. The trustees responded with a statement that she was “not capable or qualified at this time.”

The preference appears to be 29-year-old Brittany Bowlen, a daughter from his second wife Annabel. She’s returning to work for the team, after previous experience in the league office.

The dispute is currently in league arbitration, with Carmen Policy overseeing the case.

The one person who definitely won’t own the team is former quarterback and current General Manager John Elway.

“No,’’ Elway said. “No. 1, I don’t have the money. I wish I did. I wish that wasn’t an issue. . . . “It’s a different galaxy.

“I’m happy with where I am. I’m proud to work for the organization and the opportunity they provide and so we’ll continue to work our tail off. Look forward to this season. The ownership will play itself out. That’s obviously been talked about for a long, long time and there’s a transition plan that Pat together and I’m sure Joe will execute it the way Pat wanted it.’’

Some of the surviving relatives might not agree, as there’s also a lawsuit pending from his brother which is asking for Ellis and the other two trustees to be removed.

13 responses to “Joe Ellis: Pat Bowlen left a succession plan for Broncos

  1. We really need to do something about breaking up inherited fortunes. Too often the heirs do great damage since they neither earned nor understand the windfall dumped into their laps. This is America … we’re not supposed to have an aristocracy.

  2. Like any Father, Pat Bowlen knows his kids. He didn’t think that any of them were prepared to take over the team because of their youth and inexperience. He trusted Joe Ellis to make the decision when one of his children was ready. All pretty simple and understandable. All of them who are interested should honor their Father’s wishes and work to make themselves the best possible candidate.

  3. the Trustees have a vested interest in claiming no one is qualified. They get to be seen as the “owners” of the team until it is resolved. They get to go to League meetings and sit in the owners box and take all the credit.

    It’s a terrible plan to leave people who will profit from no one being qualified as the arbiters of who is qualified.

  4. I can guarantee you that Bowlen would not want the Broncos to be ran the way it is now. Bowlen was not cheap and was about winning. This broncos regime is about making and saving money. They could really care less about winning now. The difference is night and day. They should be ashamed of themselves for what they have done to this franchise since Bowlen stopped running the team. If they had not signed Peyton Manning they would have had another 4 years of mediocrity and being below .500.

  5. Yes! The plan is to win an SB you simply spend 50% more than the cap allows (plus making several tweaks to contracts that are all against league rules), and accept the $1M fine. Easy! Then do it again for another SB title – and another $1M fine!!

  6. streetyson says:

    June 18, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Yes! The plan is to win an SB you simply spend 50% more than the cap allows (plus making several tweaks to contracts that are all against league rules), and accept the $1M fine. Easy! Then do it again for another SB title – and another $1M fine!!

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    Sad how every article brings out the delusional trolling Patriot fans who constantly misstate the facts. The Broncos were caught for deferring money for cash flow purposes to build their new stadium. It has no effect on increasing salary cap, but was orchestrated by bean counters unbeknownst to the higher ups. The Broncos took responsibility for their actions and fully cooperated with the investigation and fired those involved.

    Unlike the Patriots who cheat, lie and blame others and don’t take responsibility for their actions.

  7. Thetruthspeaks says:
    June 18, 2019 at 9:47 am
    streetyson says:

    June 18, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Yes! The plan is to win an SB you simply spend 50% more than the cap allows (plus making several tweaks to contracts that are all against league rules), and accept the $1M fine. Easy! Then do it again for another SB title – and another $1M fine!!

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    Sad how every article brings out the delusional trolling Patriot fans who constantly misstate the facts. The Broncos were caught for deferring money for cash flow purposes to build their new stadium. It has no effect on increasing salary cap, but was orchestrated by bean counters unbeknownst to the higher ups. The Broncos took responsibility for their actions and fully cooperated with the investigation and fired those involved.

    Unlike the Patriots who cheat, lie and blame others and don’t take responsibility for their actions.

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    1000% false and the lie/excuse they gave. Elway and Terrell Dsvis’s money owed was not enough to “divert away from a corporate named new stadium after decades of sell outs at Mile High. Nice try.

    Their drop in the bucket salaries up against a multi million dollar, brand new stadium is the weakest lie ever known to man in sports history when trying to lie to get away with something. It also happened right at the end of Elway’s career. We know. We know.

    The fact you believe this is hilarious and embarrassing for you.

    On the flip side, Goodell was hired by Woody Johnson, the owner of the NY Jets as a concerted effort for him to be manipulated by owners who want things “done” a certain way.

    Goodell has been caught numerous times lying in federal courts and called a liar by 3 different federal judges. He’a misrepresented things about the Pats TWOCE to steal picks to weaken them, while Tagliabue gave Denver a slap on the wrist. I remember this vividly. The Washington Post ran an article on it in 2001, and the media buried it because Denver was sucky or mediocre at that time. This cannot be disputed, just like it can’t be disputed that the Broncos had VERY expensive and old players in 1995, 1996 and 1997 while buying the top tier FAs at that time.

    This was pre-internet, but I distinctly remembering shaking my head at that time because Carolina and Jax were formed, which meant those teams could throw tons of money at veterans to build those teams up fast for expansion. Yet, somehow Denver and only Denver, were collecting very expensive pieces. It just didn’t add up even when I was younger, I simply knew something was up with Denver.

    So, nice try.

    Pitt and SF were also caught but it came off more as a mistake of sorts because it only happened for 1 season with each team.

  8. @tydelusionalpick6

    If what you say is true then the Broncos are cheaters and liars just like your Patriots and you can attach *** to their super bowls too.

    Integrity is doing things the right way when no one is watching. Something Kraft, Belicheat, and Brady don’t understand.

  9. The trustees responded with a statement that she was “not capable or qualified at this time.”

    That would describe at least half of the current nfl owners.

  10. If the Bowlen Family heirs want to honor the Pat Bowlen they will pick one of their family members to be the CEO of the Broncos who best carry on his passion for the Broncos and community. If all they care about is the money then at least sell the team to someone who would represent the passion he had for the community and the game.

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