Bowlen Trust Wants NFL To Serve As Arbitrator In Broncos Dispute
The three-person trust that runs the Broncos "submitted a filing Friday in Colorado District Court requesting a stay in the proceedings triggered by a lawsuit last month" by Bill Bowen that seeks for the trust to be "removed from power," according to Ryan O'Halloran of the DENVER POST. Bill Bowlen, brother of Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen, on Oct. 25 "presented a lawsuit wanting to remove the trust, 'due to their failure to uphold Pat Bowlen’s wishes and act in the best interest of Pat Bowlen, his family and the Broncos.'” The trustees responded in a 34-page document, which also "requested that Beth Bowlen-Wallace and Amie Bowlen-Klemmer -- the two oldest of Pat’s seven children -- enter into arbitration with the NFL and not the court system." Bill Bowlen has 21 days to "file a response to the court about the request for a stay in the proceedings." In a statement Friday night, Bowlen-Wallace said that she and Bowlen-Klemmer are “'disappointed' in the filing and added that the lawsuit is 'between Bill Bowlen and the trustees and it needs to be resolved in a timely manner.'” O'Halloran noted because Bill Bowlen does "not own a stake in the Broncos, he is not subject to NFL arbitration." The trustees’ "interesting tact in their filing was including Bowlen-Wallace and Bowlen-Klemmer, whose names were not a part of Bill Bowlen’s lawsuit." However, they are "due to get a stake in the franchise once their father passes away" (DENVER POST, 11/24).