What would Broncos Country think if the team’s next owner was an overseas business magnate instead of a next-door billionaire? – Denver Post
The soul of the Broncos will always reside in Colorado. But how would the team’s fans react if the next owner of our red-blooded American football team was from Europe or Asia?
The NFL has become too big and too expensive for American chauvinist pride.
If Commissioner Roger Goodell and the good old boys of the league’s owner fraternity want the Broncos to value a franchise at $4 billion or more, Robert Kraft and Jerry Jones could seriously consider welcoming investment. in the league by bidders around the world. the world.
If our friend Stan Kroenke, who left a trail of broken hearts in his home state of Missouri to make the Rams a Super Bowl contender in Los Angeles, can own Arsenal in football-crazed England, maybe it’s time for the Broncos to look beyond America. billionaires to restore the championship shine to our downtrodden franchise.
A generation ago, when Pat Bowlen wore a fur coat on the Denver sideline while witnessing an epic comeback staged by quarterback John Elway in the AFC Championship Game, he was seen in Broncos Country as the upstart son of a Canadian oil baron, despite being born in Wisconsin and picking up his bits as a football player at the University of Oklahoma.
As long as the Broncos’ new owner has the financial wherewithal and a keen interest in giving coach Nathaniel Hackett every chance of success, while footing the bill for a glitzy, state-of-the-art new stadium, would fans care if wasn’t he a billionaire next door?
So while it would be cool if Dish Network founder Charlie Ergen wanted to make the Vince Lombardi win the next goal of his rewarding career, Broncos president Joe Ellis and the trust can’t pick and pick or play. the favorites when selling the team.
With this sale expected to break a North American sports team’s record price and a solemn financial responsibility to the Bowlen heirs to secure the top price from a qualified bidder, the No. 1 quality the Broncos seek in a new owner is the ability to sign an exorbitant check.
Although the NFL would technically allow the controlling partner of the Broncos to only have a 30% financial stake in the team, that’s not how the league likes to operate at all. The movers and shakers of this sport want no more than one powerful speaker speaking for each team. At this very exclusive club, it’s not just about winning football matches. An owner is expected to be an active business partner, willing to contribute ideas that can increase league revenue and visibility.
While there is no doubt that the NFL is the queen of the United States, other leagues have more global prospects. The Brooklyn Nets, which were purchased in 2017 for an NBA-record $2.25 billion, are owned by Joseph Tsai, a 58-year-old Taiwanese who used his Yale University degree to found a Chinese technology multinational.
As the American owner of Arsenal, Kroenke was pilloried in north London for knowing less about football than Ted Lasso. Since taking over Chelsea FC in 2003, Russian businessman Roman Abramovich has won the Premier League five times, and the team’s fans don’t mind their born owner abroad buys championship trophies.
Dick Monfort is a proud and loyal son of Greeley, but disgruntled Rockies fans give a Colorado native no respite when he lets star third baseman Nolan Arenado off the hook in St. Louis.
Abramovich hangs out with the beautiful people of Aspen, where he owns real estate fit for a king. If a Russian oligarch wanted to buy the Vince Lombardi trophy for the Broncos, would anyone except the veterans who proudly display a “Native” sticker on an old Jeep really care?
The NFL still likes to operate as a family business. The problem? The new economic realities of skyrocketing franchise values, not to mention Mr. B’s questionable estate planning, tore the Bowlen family apart.
Hopefully selling the Broncos will bring $4 billion in healing for the children of Bowlen.
But at this high price, I don’t care who buys the team or where in the whole world a billionaire lives, as long as winning championships in Denver is how the new owner wants to keep the score.