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Peyton Manning wanted by Panthers bidder in ownership group

11 May, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Hannah Francis
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The last time Peyton Manning was involved with the Carolina Panthers, he was beating them in the Super Bowl as a member of the Denver Broncos in his last game in the NFL.

Ben Navarro, one of the bidders to buy the Carolina Panthers, has reached out to the legendary National Football League quarterback about joining his ownership team, The Charlotte Observer's Joseph Person reported Wednesday, citing two sources with knowledge of the talks.

Manning was also courted by ESPN for their "Monday Night Football" opening, which has since gone to former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, but the five-time NFL MVP is believed to be more interested in an opportunity involving ownership or working in the front office of an NFL team than a TV job.

The group is led by Ben Navarro, a 54-year-old billionaire based in Charleston, South Carolina, who heads an investment services company.




Manning, 42, is said to still be mulling over the offer. Navarro is considered the leading bidder of four groups seeking majority control over the franchise, which it has lacked since longtime owner Jerry Richardson stepped down in the midst of an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual and racial misconduct against him.

Carolina ranks 21st among the NFL's 32 franchises, with a $2.3 billion valuation, according to the most recent calculations from Forbes.

Navarro has reportedly made the highest offer for the Panthers, $2.6 billion, which would set a record for the most spent to acquire a US sports team.

Rubin had reportedly contacted Warriors star Stephen Curry, who was raised in Charlotte and is a prominent fan of the Panthers, as well as rapper/entrepreneur Sean "Diddy" Combs about becoming part-owners in his bidding group. "I personally know Ben and I know what he stands for", Richardson told the Observer.

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