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Give Us Another Decade Pat.

Remember THIS Guy?

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There are 178 emplyees that are listed (not including players) that Pat Bowlin supplies with an income every year. He's been doing it now for 3 decades. One of those guys (in the above photo) not only gave the Broncos 10 years of stellar production as a Guard on offense (2 time Pro-Bowler), but he is still playing guard for the Broncos as the Vice President of Security. Who is that guy?

I started out last year intending to do a report on NFL finances, to take a look at how much these teams actually make, but I quickly realised just how obscure and secretive all that information is. It would take a great deal more legal knowledge and accounting expertise (along with a degree in spy techs) than what I have, and even then I think I would have missed the boat intirely.

Instead I started thinking about just how much money Pat Bowlen shells out each year to his emplyees and their families, and how doing what he does affects hundreds of thousands of fans world wide. I hope the man is making some serious cash for doing all that for me!

What I found interesting (to me) that compeled me to write about it was the enormous staff that is required just to run an NFL franchise. If I were to list every emplyee (The List) it would take up many pages, but this general list of departments, and the # of employees in that department, will give you an idea.

DEPARTMENTS

# OF EMPLOYEES

STADIUM MANAGEMENT

38

COACHING STAFF

22

PLAYER PERSONNEL/FO

19

MARKETING

14

VICE PRESIDENTS

9

MEDICAL STAFF

9

PREMIUM SEATING

8

FINANCE

7

TICKET OPERATIONS

6

OPERATIONS

5

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

5

OWNER & Executive Assistants

4

EXECUTIVES

4 (Includes John Elway)

EQUIPMENT

4

VIDEO OPERATIONS

4

CHEERLEADERS

3 (Staff)

MEDIA RELATIONS

3

TEAM MEDIA

3

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

3

PRESIDENT & Executive Assistants

2

FOOTBALL INFORMATION SYSTEMS

2

TURF OPERATIONS

2

HUMAN RESOURCES

1

It takes a lot of people to manage a football stadium, so it's no surprise that the stadium management department tops the list. How much do you think that group costs Mr. Bowlen?

I'm certain that the Broncos' Coaching Staff grabs a hefty chunk, and the hard working Player Personel group puts forth a major effort in their attempt to supply Elway with information to make good decisions about the player changes that are inevitable each year.

Then you have the Marketing Dept. Someone has to keep selling the Broncos to the World, but what about all those Vice Presidents? What do they do?

Mac Freeman - Senior Vice President of Business Development

Nancy Svoboda - Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Keith Bishop - Vice President of Security

Chip Conway - Vice President of Operations

Brady Kellogg - Vice President of Corporate Partnerships

Cindy Kellogg - Vice President of Community Development

Dennis Moore - Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Darren O’Donnell - Vice President of Business Development

Russ Trainor – Vice President of Information Technology

They are all heads of important departments & their heads will roll if they fail to get excellent results. You think Keith Bishop would keep his job if he allowed a pickup full of C-4 to take out part of the Broncos' facilities? (That's right Joakland Faider Fans, Our Bishop will get your confession out of you!)

Kieth Bishop & Father Time.

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After a stint with the DEA, where he became somewhat famous again with THIS BUST, Keith came back to the Broncos.

The medical staff doesn't come cheep, but the shocker to me is that the Premium Seating staff is larger than the Finance Staff, and is it possible for just two guys to keep up the turfs for the Broncos? I guess so.

After getting a better handle on just how large a group of employees Pat Bowlen has, (and that doesn't even include 133 million bucs for the players or whatever tiny amount the cheerleaders cost him) I have a much greater respect for what he does for us than what I already had.

Thanks for 30 years of bringing it to us Mr. Bowlen, and thanks for bringing back my favorite QB of all time. (Sorry Peyton, you'll never beat John out for that award!) We are very fortunate as fans to enjoy the organization that we now have in place in Denver.

I'm excited to see the future unfold as a Denver Bronco Fan! How about you? Do you have any suggestions for Pat Bowlen? Put them down here because you know he reads EVERYTHING on MHR every day.

So does John Elway, so leave him your suggestions as well! Right? Right!

The most famous Keith Bishop quote? "We've got 'em right where we want 'em."

Do you remember the circumstances surounding when Bishop made that statement?

The following is from THIS ARTICLE.

In 1986, with 4:25 remaining and 98 yards between Denver and the end zone, the Broncos had the weight of the world, or at least the mile-high community, on their shoulders in the AFC championship game at Cleveland.

Things seemed bleak at best, hopeless at worst. The team was tight, unsure, nervy. To compound their problems, the Dawg Pound (the Browns' notoriously vocal cheering section) began throwing batteries and eggs at the Broncos. Both found their mark, intermittently smashing against Bishop's helmet.

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With chaos surrounding him and plenty of tension in the huddle, Bishop broke a glacier's worth of ice in the huddle with a joke, saying "We've got 'em right where we want 'em." Everyone laughed. Funnier still, his statement proved prophetic.

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The Broncos, thanks to some theatrics by Elway, moved smartly down the field for a game-tying score that eventually propelled them to their first Super Bowl. It was such an incredible comeback that the feat is simply and widely referred to now as "The Drive."

http://www.dallasobserver.com/2000-08-17/news/the-enforcer/3/

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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