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NFL Franchise Notes: Broncos Likely To Hire John Elway As Exec

Elway Likely To Have Broad Personnel
Powers In Broncos' Front Office

ESPN.com's Adam Schefter cited NFL sources as saying that Pro Football HOFer John Elway is "expected to become a lead executive in the Denver Broncos' front office by the end of this season." Elway is "likely to join the front office in a position with broad personnel powers, working closely with COO Joe Ellis as team owner Pat Bowlen's two most trusted men." The Broncos and Elway "now are trying to determine Elway's exact job title, his job responsibilities and a fair salary" (ESPN.com, 12/12).

STILL ON THE BLOCK: Chargers Special Counsel Mark Fabiani Friday said that "efforts by Goldman Sachs to sell" Alex Spanos' 36% stake in the team "won't end with a tax deal in Congress that eases any burden on the wealthy Spanos family." But Fabiani in an e-mail said, "We aren't close to anything with anyone at this point." He also addressed the Chargers' ongoing search for a new stadium and said, "It's pretty clear that we owe the city something (the amount of money that the NFL can loan or otherwise contribute) and the city owes us something (how much if any of the redevelopment dollars downtown are in play here)" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 12/11).

REACHING A BREAKING POINT: The Bengals are 2-11 and have lost 10 straight games, and in Cincinnati, Paul Daugherty wrote under the header, "Now Bengals Really Infuriating. Fans' Disappointment Has Turned To Anger." The Bengals "might not sell out again this year," and in their home city have "inspired a loathing that has crested this fall." Daugherty noted "letter after letter to the editor offers the same message: Go away, Bengals. You're not worth our money and, more importantly, our time." Team ownership needs to "stop being tone deaf" and should, "once in a while, show a little gratitude" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 12/12).

EXCEPTION TO THE NORM: In North Carolina, Steve Reed writes the Panthers' "reluctance to spend money this offseason -- and their decision to cut big-salary players -- is" a reflection of the lack of a CBA and team Owner Jerry Richardson's "direct involvement in the negotiating process for a new one." Richardson has "never gone the cheap route before this year," and this season is "more an anomaly than anything else, a reflection of the economic battle between owners and players." Reed: "So, if the Panthers do have the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL draft I fully expect Richardson to pony up and pay Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck -- let’s face it, that’s who it will be -- big money" (GASTON GAZETTE, 12/11).

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