Jeff Bezos, Jay-Z among those potentially interested in buying Broncos

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By , Audacy Sports

If the Denver Broncos ultimately end up on the market, a new report says that two of the most well known Americans could be interested in purchasing the football team.

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A.J. Perez of Front Office Sports reports that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z's names "keep popping up as potential new owners" for the Broncos. Currently, the team isn't for sale, but Perez writes that the seven daughters of the late Pat Bowlen haven't been able to agree on a new ownership structure, which makes it likely that the team is sold in advance of the 2022 season.

There's little doubt that Bezos -- estimated by Celebrity Net Worth to have $190 billion in wealth -- has enough money to buy the team. Bezos stepped down as the CEO of Amazon in July, but the 57-year-old is still young enough that he could own a team for decades. There's certainly a segment of the public that doesn't appreciate the sweatshop-like conditions Amazon workers have been forced to operate under in some circumstances, but it seems unlikely that would preclude him from being able to purchase a team if he put together the most lucrative bid.

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In Jay-Z's case, Perez notes that the music icon would have to be part of a group that purchases a team. It perhaps wouldn't be that different from the Magic Johnson or Derek Jeter-led groups in Major League Baseball, where the two are the faces of their respective ownership groups, but not the primary investors. Jay-Z is believed to be worth over $1 billion, an impressive amount, but certainly nowhere near the $4 billion that Perez says the Broncos are expected to sell for.

Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, sold a minority stake in the Brooklyn Nets in 2013, which he was required to do when launching Roc Nation Sports. Presumably, the 51-year-old would have to divest whatever percentage he owns in the sports agency -- which currently represents Saquon Barkley, Jaire Alexander and Leonard Fournette, among other NFL stars -- to become part of an NFL ownership group. The difference between now and 2013 is that Jay-Z owned less than 2% of the Nets. Seemingly, he'd own a more significant chunk of the Broncos and have some real sway, even if he's not the largest investor.

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