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Broncos ownership dispute could be topic at Roger Goodell’s annual Super Bowl Week news conference

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will hold his annual Super Bowl Week news conference Wednesday.

The main Broncos-related topic: Has the NFL yet decided to accept the arbitration request of trustees Joe Ellis, Rich Slivka and Mary Kelly?

In December, the trustees presented to the court the arbitration request with owner Pat Bowlen’s two oldest children (Beth Bowlen Wallace and Amie Bowlen Klemmer) even though they are not named in Bill Bowlen’s lawsuit against the trustees. The trustees assert the dispute is an ownership issue and thus falls under the NFL office’s watch.

It would be news if Goodell confirms the league will lead the arbitration.

In late October, Bill Bowlen filed a lawsuit asking the trustees be relieved of their duties. The trustees responded with the stay request and asking the NFL for arbitration with two of Bowlen’s daughters, Beth Bowlen Wallace and Amie Bowlen Klemmer.

Since Pat Bowlen stepped aside from his day-to-day duties in 2014 to battle Alzheimer’s disease, Ellis, Slivka and Kelly have served as trustees for the Pat D. Bowlen Trust. Ellis, as the Broncos’ president and CEO, is the team’s point person at league meetings and runs the team’s day-to-day operations.

According to Bill Bowlen’s petition filed in Arapahoe County District Court, Bill Bowlen said the trustees “have conflicts of interest that impair their ability to act impartially in Pat Bowlen’s best interest.” Bill Bowlen also requested the trust be removed as Pat Bowlen’s power of attorney.

In Arapahoe County District Court on Dec. 12, the wife of Pat Bowlen, Annabel Bowlen, through her attorney, filed a motion to intervene in the litigation involving the trust and Bill Bowlen.

As recently as Dec. 31, Ellis declared “there’s going to be a role for” Brittany Bowlen in front office.

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