Lawsuit over Broncos ownership dismissed

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A trial for the lawsuit concerning Broncos ownership was pushed back ahead of a scheduled July 12 start and now it is off altogether.

Kevin Vaughn and Mike Klis of KUSA report that the lawsuit filed by Amie Bowlen Klemmer and Beth Bowlen Wallace has been dismissed. The two sisters, who are both daughters of late Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, were suing for the removal of trustees put in place by their father’s will. Those trustees have backed another member of the family, Brittany Bowlen, as the next person to run the Broncos.

There is no word of a settlement that led to the suit being dismissed, but it is reasonable to assume some accommodation has been made in order to avoid a lengthy trial concerning the team’s affairs.

“Regarding the future of the Denver Broncos’ organization, our No. 1 priority remains a timely, responsible and orderly determination of Broncos ownership,” Broncos CEO Joe Ellis said in a statement. “There are no changes with the operation of the team, which is completely focused on a successful 2021 season.”

With the lawsuit out of the way, the transition of the team’s ownership should continue without further interruption. The impact of that transition will be something Peyton Manning and others around the franchise will be watching.

8 responses to “Lawsuit over Broncos ownership dismissed

  1. Funny. In what way has the transition of the team’s ownership moved at all. The Bowlen kids can’t agree on most anything.

  2. Nepotism is stupid for NFL ownership. It’s time for these rich owners to sell their teams to their city fanbase. The greed will die down and teams will be more transparent while committing more to winning on the field. Sadly, it will never happen. Just too much money for these owners to make.

  3. I’m guessing the power is going to Brittany Bowlen to run the day to day operations and serve as the team owner. The kids from Bowlen’s first marriage will be involved in any big financial decisions, but no football decisions. Brittany Bowlen has been practically groomed her entire life to become the owner. She’s worked for both the Broncos and the NFL league office in NYC, and people in both places sing her praises. She also got her law degree, one of her father’s requirements to own the team. I’d be surprised if she just gives it all up to sell the team when she’s almost at the finish line.

  4. nflhistorybuff68 says:
    July 14, 2021 at 10:48 pm
    Nepotism is stupid for NFL ownership. It’s time for these rich owners to sell their teams to their city fanbase. The greed will die down and teams will be more transparent while committing more to winning on the field. Sadly, it will never happen. Just too much money for these owners to make.

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    These are privately owned businesses. What if some people decided you should sell your lumber yard “for the good of the community” and not pass it along to your heirs?

  5. Elway should be happy, it leaves him as the de facto football decision maker and now he can go all in for Watson or Rogers.

  6. “It’s time for these rich owners to sell their teams to their city fanbase. ”

    On the one hand you’re right in that the kids almost never have the passion the original owners did and hold on the teams as a cash cow with zero interest in putting a winning product on the field.

    But on the other, outside of the fact you can’t force a privately own business to be sold like that, exactly how would you fund a “city fanbase” buying a team? I doubt you’re going to crowd fund the 2 billion+ needed to buy a franchise these days, and even if you did who the heck will run it? A committee of fans? A city department or mayor’s office.

    Nope not gonna happen

  7. Britney Bowlen is the only one who seems to actually love football and understand how to run a team.

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