If family doesn’t support Brittany Bowlen, Broncos could be sold

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The Broncos have brought 29-year-old Brittany Bowlen back into the organization with the plan for her to take over for her late father Pat Bowlen as controlling owner.

But if the rest of the family can’t get behind that plan, there may be no other choice but to sell the team, according to team president Joe Ellis.

“[Selling] is an option and we’ve told the beneficiaries that because if Brittany were to succeed and take over for her father, everybody else is going to have to sign off on that,” Ellis said, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post. “That may not be a requirement, but it’s going to be necessary from the trustee viewpoint. That’s why a sale is a possibility given the circumstances we’re in. . . .

“If they are all not going to agree to Brittany running the team, it seems to me that we’re headed for more battles and at that point, I know Pat would have preferred the team be sold.”

Ellis said cooperation from the family would be necessary. Pat Bowlen’s seven children from two marriages and his brother John own portions of the team. Pat Bowlen put three trustees in charge of the team in 2013 as his health issued mounted. He died in June after a long bout with Alzheimer’s. The trustees have the authority to put the team up for sale if a succession plan can’t be agreed to.

Brittany Bowlen emerged as the favorite to take over, and was hired as vice president of strategic initiatives in December, a move designed to give her the needed experience.

Two of Pat Bowlen’s children have filed lawsuits regarding the validity of the trust, which is scheduled to go to trial next fall.

15 responses to “If family doesn’t support Brittany Bowlen, Broncos could be sold

  1. Time to sell. Bowlen was a great owner and even in poor health he saw infighting that was going to happen. It doesn’t work out when multiple kids own the team…a perfect example is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the Glazer kids.

  2. If I was an heir I would want my money not ownership in a team that I had no say in it’s running.
    I can watch any football on TV , I want my hundreds of millions now.

  3. She was the best candidate of the kids but gets resistance because she is female. Let her run the team, be a progressive organization. I think some are afraid she will clean house and do what needs to be done. This team is currently run like a frat house.

  4. Think I’ve seen this movie, Any Given Sunday. Clearly there is already discourse in the family, no way everyone signs on. Just sell them team and take your millions.

  5. The Heirs include two who are suing the Trustees establishment part of will. Hardly any chance that they withdraw and say, “okay” to another heir taking full control of their inheritance.

  6. It’s hard to believe that there isn’t a single potential buyer out there who wouldn’t be a better choice than any of these kids. This team has suffered in recent years partly due to being run by committee.

    They need a bold leader with a clear vision to replace Pat. And I’d rather see them sell the team to a proven visionary than cross their fingers and hope the kids will step up.

  7. They need to do the right thing and sell the team to the Public !! Time for the Broncos to set an example, and end the family ownership nepotism of so many teams.

    NFL teams need Public Ownership like the Packers !!

  8. Maybe I’m crazy but if my choices were to either concede majority control to my sister and retain a minority share in an NFL franchise or force a sale and get an immediate payout, I’ll take the ownership any day. It’s already clear none of the other kids will get trustee support so might as well take the best remaining offer available and join the exclusive ownership club.

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