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Roger Goodell weighs in on Broncos’ possession, succession plan – The Denver Post

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Broncos are set up well. No concerns.

That was the message from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday during his annual news conference ahead of the Super Bowl. Goodell, in a question-and-answer session with media, was asked specifically about the Broncos and their eventual selection of a next owner.

“Those decisions … are all questions that the trustees have to decide,” Goodell said. “They are in compliance with our rules. They have been very thoughtful.”

Pat Bowlen, the Broncos’ owner of 34 years, stepped down from his day-to-day duties in the fall of 2013 because of the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. President and CEO Joe Ellis was appointed Controlling Owner Delegee and has served as the voice of the team at league-wide functions and its top decision-maker.

“They have done a terrific job of leading that franchise over the last several years as Pat’s focused on his health issues,” Goodell said. “I think Pat put that in place because of the care and focus and the importance of the Broncos to him and making sure that it continued to be in the right hands and with the right kind of leadership.”

Ellis is also one of three trustees, along with team counsel Rich Slivka and Denver attorney Mary Kelly, who are tasked with appointing the Broncos’ next controlling owner.

Bowlen’s wish — and the primary reason for establishing the trust — is to transfer ownership to his seven children, with one being named controlling owner. It’s up to the trustees to select which child if any — the trustees have the authority to sell the team, too — will land that role.

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