Broncos Owner PAT BOWLEN was profiled by Mike Klis of the DENVER POST, who notes Bowlen is going on his 30th season with the franchise and is "only eight victories from becoming the ninth individual owner in NFL history to reach 300 wins." If the Broncos "meet expectations this season, Bowlen will join the 300 club the fastest." He has "nourished the fan base with an insatiable will to win," and the Broncos' sellout streak "has grown to 333 consecutive home games." Bowlen said of the future of the franchise, "If something were to happen to me, I've already made this clear: The team is going to stay in the Bowlen family no matter what. It's a great asset. And it's a lot of fun if you do it right." Klis wrote the "most astonishing feat in Bowlen's stewardship is the Broncos have had only five losing seasons in 29 years." For going on 30 years, Bowlen has been "in his office nearly every day during the season." His management style "is instructive in that his employees know he's in the building, paying attention, yet he doesn't micromanage." Broncos Exec VP/Football Operations JOHN ELWAY said Bowlen "knows when to apply pressure in a timely way." Klis noted Bowlen in the hiring of JOSH MCDANIELS as a head coach "realized a mistake and didn't wait to correct it." Bowlen in recent years has gone from "a reluctant place in the spotlight to operating in the background." This has "stirred speculation that he no longer has a substantial role running the team." Broncos President JOE ELLIS said, "We bring decisions to him. ... He wants it that way. If he doesn't agree with them or they don't make sense or he can tweak them to make them feel better, he says so." Meanwhile, Bowlen works out "nearly every day." He said, "I'm feeling great" (DENVER POST, 8/18).
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McNeese State Univ. named former Univ. of Wyoming Associate AD BRUCE HEMPHILL AD (McNeese)....Western Kentucky Univ. promoted LINDSAY BOYDEN to Associate AD/Marketing and MICHAEL SCHROEDER to Assistant AD/Communications. The school also named KYLE NEAVES Dir of Athletic Communications & Media Relations, LARRY CASH Assistant Dir of the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation, CHELSIE CUMMINGS Ticket Sales Associate, and ROBERT SAMPSON and WHITNEY TARPY Assistant Dirs of Communications & Media Relations (WKU)....The Colonial Athletic Association promoted STEVE KANABY to Associate Commissioner/Championships and BOBBY BROYLES to Dir of Video Services. The conference also named ALEX SOUZA Dir of Video Services and DONNA JONES Assistant Dir of Compliance & Student-Athlete Services (CAA).
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Nike co-Founder & Chair PHIL KNIGHT has asked Oregon Gov. JOHN KITZHABER "not to consider him for a spot on a new governing board" for the Univ. of Oregon. Knight was one of nearly 50 people recommended by UO President MICHAEL GOTTFREDSON for the 11- to 15-member board (AP, 8/17).
WEDDING WATCH: Singer PAUL MCCARTNEY was among those in attendance for Friday's wedding party of Nets and Barclays Center CEO BRETT YORMARK and ELAINA SCOTTO at the Wolffer Estate in N.Y. (N.Y. POST, 8/19)....Golfer DUSTIN JOHNSON yesterday tweeted that PAULINA GRETZKY, the daughter of Hockey HOFer WAYNE GRETZKY, "said yes" when he asked her to marry him (AP, 8/18).
LAWYER UP: Attorneys for Biogenesis Founder ANTHONY BOSCH said that Yankees 3B ALEX RODRIGUEZ "paid for" Bosch’s legal representation and "later made a wire transfer for nearly $50,000 that Bosch’s attorney refused to accept." Sources said that the transfer, which was "described by one of Rodriguez’s former attorneys as a mistake," is part of MLB’s evidence that Rodriguez "attempted to tamper with the league’s Biogenesis investigation" (ESPN.com, 8/18)....Univ. of Tennessee Associate AD/Women's Sports Medicine JENNY MOSHAK, a co-plaintiff in a lawsuit against the school alleging discrimination and retaliation, on Friday issued a statement through attorney KEITH STEWART saying that she "took an early retirement over issues related to the suit" (KNOXNEWS.com, 8/16)....Texas A&M AD ERIC HYMAN said that the school is "doing all it can to support" QB JOHNNY MANZIEL"while looking out for its own interests." Hyman said the university has "retained the services of one of the most respected legal firms in the country" in Lightfoot, Franklin & White (ESPN.com, 8/17).
NAMES: Patriots Owner ROBERT KRAFT was a "special guest" of UFC President DANA WHITE at Saturday's UFC Fight Night at TD Garden. Kraft sat near White, who said, "Yeah, he loved it. He's such a good guy. I could not say enough good things about that guy. It literally is amazing, what a good human being this guy is. It's awesome" (BOSTON HERALD, 8/19)....Pro Football HOFer JOE MONTANA plans to build a "four-star hotel, upscale restaurant and sports bar" across the street from Levi’s Stadium, and the "new goal is to have the project open in time" for Super Bowl L at the stadium in ’16. Montana and his partners after "more than a year of negotiations" have been "unable to reach a deal with Santa Clara officials on the value of the city-owned land they plan to build on" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 8/16)....NASCAR driver DALE EARNHARDT JR.'s Whisky River nightclub "plans to open a location next spring" at Charlotte Douglas Int'l Airport (CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.com, 8/16)....Former NFLer JAKE DELHOMME has been elected Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association BOD President (AP, 8/17)....Three members of the undefeated ’72 Dolphins team, MANNY FERNANDEZ, BOB KUECHENBERG and JIM LANGER, "have declined their White House invitations" because they "disagree politically" with the OBAMA administration (MIAMIHERALD.com, 8/17).