Could a Purchase of the Broncos be on the Radar of Amazon Billionaire Jeff Bezos?

KeithCummings

Ever since now-departed owner Pat Bowlen gave up control of the Denver Broncos due to the onset of Alzheimer's disease, the subsequent family wrangles concerning the team’s future ownership have since gone legal and moved more into the court of public opinion.

With the damaging internal family battles rolling on, recent rumors surfaced about one of the richest men in the world being interested in purchasing an NFL franchise and the Broncos have been suggested as a potential target.

Jeff Bezos, through his billion-dollar Amazon empire, has decided his next project could be pro football and he has the financial muscle to make it happen in a heartbeat, should an opportunity arise, according to a CBS Sports report. Bezos is certainly a man who believes in making constant and bold acquisitions to expand his interests, even ruffling the feathers of President Donald Trump when he acquired The Washington Post newspaper a few years ago.

Connecting the dots to name the most attractive buy is fairly simplistic, with both the Seattle Seahawks and Broncos dealing with flux at ownership due to the deaths of Paul Allen and Pat Bowlen, respectively.

Both franchises are valued in the region of $2.5 billion, so for a man who liquidates $1 billion of Amazon stock every year to fund his Blue Origin space rocket enterprise, the dangling of mega quick cash could find willing suitors in a hurry.

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One crucial omission in Bezos' long list of business conquests and philanthropic achievements is the fundamental question that many fans will now ask; is he really interested in football or would this be a vanity purchase rooted in his ability to buy what he wants?

Presently, there seems to be no solution to the power struggle within the Broncos as a three-person trust continues to soldier on in running the team in the name of Pat Bowlen, who passed away earlier this year not long after he'd been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame but before he could be inducted and enshrined. Any further erosion of the tricky Bowlen family dynamics could easily see the NFL arbitrators take over and even force the sale of the team.

This very real threat to the continued family ownership of the franchise is one that would most certainly be viewed with great suspicion by Broncos Country and leave a very unsavory taste on the palate of the fans and media alike.

Bowlen’s daughter, Brittany, has seemingly gained the backing of the Bowlen trust, led by CEO and Team President Joe Ellis, to join the Broncos to provide a figurehead and an element of family strength and stability. What is already being viewed by many as a family squabble over a vast inheritance could find the situation amped up considerably if Bezos were to confirm his rumored interest in buying a team.

For now, the Broncos find themselves in the financial news rather than the standings and box scores during the bye week. It’s time to refocus on the football side of the business with a road trip to take on the Minnesota Vikings coming this Sunday.

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Comments (15)
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Chad Jensen
Chad Jensen

Editor

I continue to wonder how much longer the NFL will allow this Bowlen Trust to go on, especially with the team struggling four-straight years. Status quo would be one thing, if the team was successful in the interim. But...

Scottydog123
Scottydog123

Brittany seems like a good person, but the only reason Ellis is supporting her over Beth is because she's younger and will need his "help" longer. He's doing the best thing for Joe Ellis, not the Broncos. And it's destroying the franchise.

I'd like to see Beth and Brittany get together without Joe and the lawyers in the room and work something out. Then FIRE JOE.

Enuzu37
Enuzu37

I seriously hope he stays away, hes been rubbing elbows with Dan snyder if he gonna be his influence on him as an Owner no thank you.

CUBuffinTX
CUBuffinTX

I would welcome Bezos. I would not go straight to guilt by association with Snyder either. He would have to pass the owners vote so rubbing elbows with Danny Boy is just a way to some introductions IMO. It cant possibly be more dysfunctional then this is. Face it right now this thing is the Titanic in search of an iceberg. I have said it previously and concur with what Erick said in a previous comment. I think now that Mr. B is squared away in the HOF this is coming to and end sooner then later.

Raveon
Raveon

I am not sure the Trust can sell the team without the family support and i am not sure the Bowlens can sell without the approval of the trust. This is why the NFL may be forced to enter the dispute. My question is what does Jeff Bezos want with an NFL team? Is he from Colorado? I don't think he would be committed to winning and be sensitive to the history and tradition of the Denver Broncos!

Denverkewl
Denverkewl

I think its clear that the Beth Bowlen lawsuit is nothing but a ruse to force the sale of the team. These folks never challenged Mr B when he was alive and had his wits and she never prepared herself to run billion dollar biz or even try to meet the requirements. You notice Mr B did not appoint her or any family to the trust and voided their inheritance if they sued. Why is this dispute happening? Money and Greed. Older sibs know that if the young sis takes over, she will never sell the team for decades and they will be out $$$ unable to monetize their shares. By the time she may sell they will be in their late 80sm, they want the dough now. The only way that happens is to get control and sell or force a sale. The whole thing is rich kid disgusting BS. Ellis is actually the only one looking after Mr B's wishes on transition. I just wish he'd speak up now that he is the owner rep. as well.

KeithCummings
KeithCummings

All very true. Be sad to see the family aspects of the Broncos fall away. Ultimately the NFL is the billionaires playground these days.

smilinassassin
smilinassassin

I’m just imagining a man with a net worth of $120 billion asking the city of Denver to build him a new stadium or he will threaten to move the team.


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