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On the field at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in September, 2010.

Patrick Dennis "Pat" Bowlen (born February 18, 1944) is the majority owner of the Denver Broncos. The Bowlen Family, including his two brothers John Bowlen and Bill Bowlen, and sister Marybeth Bowlen, purchased the team from Edgar Kaiser in 1984 and saved the team from possible bankruptcy. He served as the Broncos CEO from his purchase of the club in 1984 until July of 2014, when he stepped down as Broncos' CEO due to his battle with Alzheimer's disease.[1]

Early life[edit]

Bowlen was born in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, the son of Arvella (née Woods) and Paul Dennis Bowlen, who became a millionaire in the Canadian oil business, founding Regent Drilling as a wildcatter. The oil company is now owned by Pat's brother John.[2] Bowlen is Catholic [3] and his team’s charity raised more than $1 million recently for the Catholic Capuchin order’s ministries to Denver’s poor and homeless.[4] He attended Campion Jesuit Catholic High School [5] and later earned degrees in business (1965) and law (1968) from the University of Oklahoma. The younger Bowlen became wealthy in his own right by becoming a successful lawyer in Edmonton, Alberta. He also worked as an executive for his father's company and as a real estate developer and had major investments in the mining industry.

Bowlen is an initiated member of the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity. He was initiated by the University of Oklahoma, Beta Omicron chapter in 1963. He is a member of the bar association and law society of Alberta, Canada. Bowlen is also one of the largest donors to the University of Denver.

Denver Broncos owner[edit]

From 1999 to 2008, Bowlen and the Broncos were involved in several legal battles against one-time owner Edgar Kaiser. In 1998, Bowlen agreed to sell retired football legend John Elway a share in the team.[6] When Bowlen let the existence of the offer slip out to Kaiser while both were at the 1999 Bohemian Grove,[7] Kaiser sued, claiming a breach of contract. Kaiser asserted that he had a right of first refusal if any deal is made involving franchise ownership. In 2004, a jury ruled in favor of Kaiser and a Federal judge decreed that Kaiser was entitled to purchase back 10 percent of the Broncos using the identical purchase terms offered to Elway. Bowlen appealed the original verdict that ruled in favor of Kaiser and won in 2008, as the appellate court ruled that the structure of the Bowlen-Elway deal did not violate the original right of first refusal agreement.[8]

On December 30, 2008, Broncos head coach and Vice President of Football Operations Mike Shanahan was fired by Bowlen after a 14-year tenure as the head coach. Bowlen stated he wanted his team to go in a different direction. He undertook a search over two weeks and eventually chose Josh McDaniels who at the time was the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, as the new head coach of the Broncos. Subsequently, after a losing streak in the 2010-11 season, McDaniels was fired as head coach of the Broncos.[9] On February 12, 2009, Bowlen appointed Brian Xanders as the team's sole general manager and fired Jim Goodman and Jeff Goodman.

Within two weeks of the end of the 2010-11 regular season, Bowlen and the Broncos had hired former Carolina Panthers' coach John Fox to be their new head coach. Although Bowlen had discussions with Fox before the hiring, new front-office executive John Elway was mostly responsible for the hiring. By late 2009, rumors had begun to emerge that Bowlen had stepped out of the spotlight because of short-term memory loss.[10] He told The Denver Post columnist Woody Paige that his memory wasn't what it used to be and that he couldn't recall details of the Broncos back-to-back Super Bowl titles in the late 1990s. Starting in 2010, Bowlen was invisible and no longer played a major role in the Broncos' decision making, and Executive VP John Elway and President Joe Ellis assumed control. He officially relinquished control of the team on July 23, 2014 to Joe Ellis, due to Alzheimer's.[11]

Colorado Crush ownership[edit]

Besides being owner and CEO of the Broncos, Bowlen was also part-owner of the Arena Football League's Colorado Crush. He shared ownership with Denver-based sports mogul Stan Kroenke and legendary Broncos quarterback John Elway. The Crush entered the AFL as an expansion franchise in 2003. After going through a 2-14 season in '03, the team soon became a perennial playoff contender and one of the league's top franchises. The Crush won the Arena Football Championship in 2005. Bowlen has won 3 championships as a football franchise owner; 2 Super Bowl titles with the Broncos in 1998 & 1999, and an Arena Football title in 2005 with the Crush.

Denver Outlaws ownership[edit]

In 2006 Major League Lacrosse decided to expand adding the Denver Outlaws to its league of teams. The Denver Outlaws have been the most winning franchise that Bowlen has ever owned boasting a regular season win percentage of .700 since their creation. The Outlaws have been to the Playoffs every year they have been in existence and advanced as far as the championship game 3 times (2006, 2008, 2009).


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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:07:12 -0700

The longtime owner's stake in the team was placed in the Pat Bowlen Trust, according to a statement from the team, with the intention for the franchise to be taken over by one of his seven children. The team is not expected to be up for sale. Plans for ...


Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:11:15 -0700

DENVER - The man who led the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl victories talked about the 21 years he spent with Broncos owner Pat Bowlen. Former Broncos Coach Mike Shanahan reacted to Wednesday's announcement that the 70-year-old is giving ...
Mile High Report (blog)
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:41:15 -0700

There is no waiting period for Broncos owner Pat Bowlen as contributor. He conceivably could become a Hall of Fame candidate next year. — Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 1, 2014. Thanks to a change in how the Hall of Fame process works, #Broncos owner ...
Intermountain Jewish News
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:45:00 -0700

Pat Bowlen, owner of the Denver Broncos Editor's note: In light of the announcement last week that Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has stepped down from the operations of the franchise due to Alzheimer's, we reprint this interview with him conducted by ...

Battle Creek Enquirer

Battle Creek Enquirer
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:03:45 -0700

This week, with the news that Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has relinquished control of the franchise while suffering from Alzheimer's disease, Shanahan has reflected much on their years together and the impact of ownership. Shanahan spent 21 years ...
NewsRadio 850KOA
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:52:30 -0700

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos on Wednesday released the following statement on Owner Pat Bowlen: In recent years, Denver Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen has taken a reduced role with his team while courageously and privately battling ...
Mile High sports
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:26:15 -0700

It's time to put Pat Bowlen in the Broncos' Ring of Fame. Yes, this year's class has already been announced. And yes, the owner himself would almost assuredly decline the honor, wanting to put the emphasis and attention instead on the players and ...

The Denver Post (blog)

The Denver Post (blog)
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:41:15 -0700

Peyton Manning took the field for Day 1 of Broncos camp Thursday, two days removed from the team's announcement that owner Pat Bowlen would cede control of the team's day-to-day operations. Manning has been in Denver for only two years, but the ...

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