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11:54 AM ET ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined...

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined the incoming possession group for the Denver Broncos.

Rice, who has additionally served because the nationwide safety adviser in addition to provost of Stanford College, lived in Denver throughout her childhood and acquired a bachelor’s diploma and her doctorate from the College of Denver.

In June, a gaggle led by Walmart inheritor Rob Walton that features Walton’s daughter. Carrie Walton Penner; her husband, Greg Penner; and Mellody Hobson, co-CEO of Ariel Investments and chair of the board for Starbucks Corp., agreed to buy the Broncos for $4.65 billion.

In a press release Monday, Walton mentioned: “We’re happy to welcome former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to our possession group. A extremely revered public servant, completed tutorial and company chief, Secretary Rice is nicely often known as a passionate and educated soccer fan who has labored to make the game stronger and higher. She is the daughter of a soccer coach and served on the inaugural Faculty Soccer Playoff Committee. … Her distinctive expertise and extraordinary judgment shall be a fantastic profit to our group and the Broncos group.”

The sale of the staff, which was for a document value paid for a North American sports activities franchise, is underneath evaluation by the NFL and should be authorized by a full vote of the NFL homeowners within the coming weeks. Twenty-four sure votes are wanted for the sale to be formally authorized.

It was anticipated to take 60 to 90 days for the sale to be authorized and the deal to be closed.

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The Walton-Penner group was, in response to a number of sources, one among 4 teams that had superior to the second spherical of bidding for the staff in early June. The Broncos have been one of many NFL’s most profitable franchises within the Tremendous Bowl period, with three Tremendous Bowl wins in Pat Bowlen’s possession tenure, and so they now have an possession group with a few of the deepest pockets.

It’s anticipated Greg Penner and Carrie Walton Penner could have outstanding roles within the day-to-day operations of the staff, and present Broncos CEO Joe Ellis had expressed, for the reason that staff was formally put up on the market Feb. 1, how vital it’s that the brand new proprietor be “seen” in the neighborhood and perceive the Broncos’ place in Denver, the state of Colorado and the area.

The staff’s sale ended an eight-year odyssey since Bowlen stepped away from the day-to-day operations of the staff he had owned for 30 years in July 2014 as a result of onset of Alzheimer’s illness. Bowlen died in 2019.

Bowlen by no means formally declared a successor amongst his kids, and when he stepped away, he had his curiosity within the staff (estimated to be about 78% on the time) positioned in a belief overseen by Ellis, Broncos counsel Wealthy Slivka and Denver lawyer Mary Kelly.

What adopted included a lawsuit between relations, harsh phrases and court docket dates that coincided with a present six-year streak of playoff misses on the sphere. The staff’s Tremendous Bowl 50 win to shut out the 2015 season was the final postseason recreation the Broncos performed.

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The sale settlement with the Walton-Penner group additionally means Walton and Stan Kroenke, Walton’s cousin by marriage, will personal 5 of the six main skilled sports activities franchises in Colorado. Kroenke owns the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids and Colorado Mammoth lacrosse staff, along with a regional media firm within the state.