The Denver Broncos were set to be purchased by a consortium led by Walmart heir Rob Walton last Friday (June 8), pending league approval. Mellody Hobson, a businesswoman who is a member of the organization, is slated to become the first Black female minority owner in the NFL.
Walton’s daughter, Carrie Walton Penner, and his son-in-law, Greg Penner, are also part of the company and will be minority owners.
Hobson, who is 53 years old, has an amazing resume. Ariel Investments’ president and co-CEO, as well as Starbucks Corporation’s chairperson, is a Princeton University graduate. She was previously a chairwoman at DreamWorks Animation.
Walton is satisfied with her skill set. He noted in a press release that “beyond her job at Ariel, Mellody is a prominent leader in corporate and civic organizations around the country.”
“Mellody now serves as chair of the Starbucks Corporation board of directors and is also a director of JPMorgan Chase,” he continued. We are certain that she will contribute to our team with her strategic insight and leadership perspective.”
Hobson is married to George Lucas, a film director best known for his work on the Star Wars franchise.
The Broncos were sold in February, according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The commissioner stated that he was searching for diversified ownership after an avalanche of reports that the league has a problem hiring minorities in senior capacities.
Following the news, Antonio Brown, a former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, said he was “very serious” about partnering with Kanye West to buy the franchise. Beyond that, not much information was made public.
Former Denver Broncos Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks John Elway and Peyton Manning are rumored to be interested in buying the team. JAY-Z and Jeff Bezos, the former President and CEO of Amazon, were reportedly said to be interested buyers.