DENVER – Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is one of the co-chairmen of the NFL’s executive committee, so he had more at stake than most owners during the NFL’s labor impasse of the past four and a half months.
Monday, he could finally exhale.
“I am very pleased with the commitment shown by the National Football League, its owners and the players to reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that is fair for everyone,” Bowlen said in a statement issued by the Broncos shortly after the new collective bargaining agreement was ratified by the teams’ representatives to the NFL Players Association.
“As co-Chair of the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee, I applaud the hard work of my fellow committee members throughout every step of this process.
“On behalf of our entire organization, we are extremely appreciative of the patience and trust that this community has shown in the Denver Broncos during the negotiations. We care greatly about the special relationship we have with our fans, and it was our responsibility to resolve this matter and return football to the field. The loyalty of our fans, in particular our season ticket holders, has been truly remarkable over the last few months.
“Although the offseason was unsettling for everyone, this agreement will ensure the continued growth and prosperity of this league well into the future. I am thrilled that it is finally time to turn our attention back to the game that all of us love.
“There is tremendous energy and anticipation in our building with Head Coach John Fox and his staff eager to resume working with our players and getting back on the field. John Elway and the personnel department are ready to execute their free-agency plans to improve our team.