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      === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Wednesday, July 23 ===
 
 
         === Broncos' Bowlen steps aside due to Alzheimer's disease ===
 
 Englewood,  CO  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Denver  Broncos  owner Pat  Bowlen  has
 relinquished day-to-day control of the team due to Alzheimer's disease.
 
 The  team  made the announcement  Wednesday, saying the 70-year-old Bowlen had
 been privately battling the disease in recent years.
 
 "The Broncos are very saddened that Mr. Bowlen is no longer able to be part of
 the  team's daily operations due to his condition," the club's statement read.
 "We continue to offer our full support, compassion and respect to 'Mr. B,' who
 has faced Alzheimer's disease with such dignity and strength."
 
 Bowlen  had already placed his ownership share into a trust that is controlled
 by  non-family  members with  a long-term  goal for one  his seven children to
 eventually run the franchise.
 
 "Plans for this trust were arranged by Mr. Bowlen beginning more than a decade
 ago  as part of his succession plan to keep the Broncos in the Bowlen family,"
 the statement continued.
 
 Daily  operations of the  team will be assumed by club president Joe Ellis and
 John  Elway will continue to run the football department. Ellis, who will take
 on  the role of CEO, has spent the past 17 years with the Broncos, while Elway
 rejoined the club in the front office in January 2011.
 
 Bowlen,  who purchased the team in 1984, told the Denver Post in May 2009 that
 he  was  suffering from short-term  memory loss. The  family and team told the
 paper  early  Wednesday that  his  condition  had developed  into  Alzheimer's
 disease, a brain condition that progressively worsens and has no cure.
 
 "Pat  has always  wanted the focus to  be solely on the Denver Broncos and the
 great  fans who have supported this team with such passion during his 30 years
 as  owner," said  Bowlen's wife, Annabel, in a statement. "My family is deeply
 saddened  that Pat's health no longer allows him to oversee the Broncos, which
 has led to this public acknowledgment of such a personal health condition.
 
 "Alzheimer's  has taken so much from Pat, but it will never take away his love
 for the Denver Broncos and his sincere appreciation for the fans."
 
 Bowlen was one of the leaders in the NFL, serving on ownership committees that
 included labor and broadcasting.
 
 The  Broncos  have reached  the Super  Bowl six  times during Bowlen's 30-year
 tenure,  winning  back-to-back titles  after the 1997  and '98 seasons. Denver
 lost to Seattle in Super Bowl XLVIII in February.
 
 07/23 09:04:23 ET

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