Kiszla: With no resolution to Broncos ownership mess in sight, the quarreling Bowlen kids have put franchise in no-win scenario
At an opportune time to pocket 3 billion American dollars by selling the Broncos, the Bickering Bowlens have actually chosen instead to stomp on their daddy’s memory and toss mud at each other in court.
Silly is as foolish does.
Less than 48 hours after coach Vic Fangio put the final bungling discuss a frustrating 5-11 season, I asked team CEO Joe Ellis when the Bowlen family feud will end and the Broncos will have a legit owner in place to assist a foundering franchise back to respectability.
” I can’t predict,” Ellis responded Tuesday.
But he stressed it remains in the finest interests of the company, the fans and the Bowlen household to get the ownership mess dealt with. “They are worthy of an answer,” Ellis said.
Throughout the next controversial 12 months, I don’t understand whether Brittany Bowlen can win control of the football group Mr. B constructed, or whether Beth Bowlen Wallace will force a sale. But I’m fairly certain who’s going to be the loser in this ugly disagreement:
The Broncos. And everybody who enjoys them.
If the bickering Bowlen successors today planted a for-sale sign outside Empower Field at Mile High, the group would be the most valued rich male’s toy available on the U.S. market. I ‘d wager the sale could be closed, with the brand-new owner on the scene in Denver, no behind October.
But the insane Bowlen kids would rather overturn the household supper table, rub the pot roast all over their chests and have a knock-down, drag-out battle in a court space, while John Elway takes an uncomfortable triumph lap into retirement with a group that hasn’t been a winner since 2016.
Stupid does not have the sense to understand when it’s time to quit.
While fans would much rather focus on whether Denver can beat Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes simply one stinking time, there’s only one video game that matters on the Broncos’ schedule in 2021. Kickoff is July 12 in Arapahoe County District Court, where it will be argued if the late Pat Bowlen was psychologically qualified or unduly manipulated when he authorized a convoluted plan to move control of the group to one of his 7 children from 2 marriages.
From a hopelessly lost on-field identity to an absence of accountability for a business culture stagnated, the Broncos have far too lots of problems to be quarreling about who should be their owner. The league has prospective buyers knocking on commissioner Roger Goodell’s door. If the Bowlen family chose today to offer, it’s very affordable to believe the offer could close and new ownership could be approved within 9 months.
Dumb does not begin to describe the level of ire among Broncos players and fans alike.
” We’ve got to get better as a group. There’s a great deal of frustration, and it boils over to anger. And I have actually seen it in the locker space after some losses this year,” Ellis said.
” It rollovers to when the players leave and the staff and coaches leave the structure, and it rollovers into the community. I listen and I watch and I check out and I know what’s going on. All of (the disappointment and anger) is warranted. We need to do something to stop that. There’s one thing you can do to stop that, which is to win. And we’ve got to win. We can’t go on in this manner.”
I do not have a vote however it would be cool if Brittany Bowlen acquired control of the team for factors far beyond doing her Dad proud.
In a male-dominated sport, Brittany has the smarts and toughness to make a statement with even more powerful kick than the additional point Sarah Fuller scored for Vanderbilt this previous season. A strong female executive assisting everyday operations of an NFL franchise would score significant points for diversity in a video game that sorely lacks it at the leadership level.
While it’s considered blasphemy to do anything however sing hosanna for the late, fantastic Mr. B, he did his household and the Broncos a major disservice by not identifying Brittany as the one picked to fill his executive chair, unknowingly turning the line of succession into an uncomfortable game of musical chairs that puts Ellis in the middle of a household fight.
After wrestling with each other in court, I seriously doubt if the Bowlen kids will ever be able to make peace and permit Brittany to take control, instead of offer the group, pocket the money and go their separate ways.
“That’s complicated. And that needs to be worked out. There has to be a conclusion to that and an understanding, if Brittany’s going to run the group. There does. There’s simply no other way around,” Ellis stated.
The bottom line: If we still do not understand the identity of the next Broncos owner one year from today, what would it be?