This company might just take football fans on a wild ride. PDB Sports owns and operates the Denver Broncos professional football team, one of the more successful franchises in the National Football League. The Broncos made four Super Bowl appearances in the 1970s and 1980s before winning back-to-back championships following the 1997 and 1998 seasons. The franchise was founded by local sports entrepreneur Bob Howsam and first took the field in 1960 as part of the American Football League. Denver joined the NFL when the two leagues merged in 1970. The team plays host at Denver's INVESCO Field at Mile High. President and CEO Pat Bowlen and his family have owned the Broncos since 1985.
Missing the playoffs each season since 2005, Denver hired former New England Patriots assistant Josh McDaniels as head coach in 2009. He replaced longtime head coach Mike Shanahan, who had been with the Broncos since 1995 and guided the team to its two Super Bowl titles. After starting the 2010 season 3-9, the Broncos relieved McDaniels of his coaching duties and named Eric Studesville interim head coach for the remainder of the campaign. Shortly after the season ended, the team named legendary former Bronco quarterback John Elway as EVP for football operations and former Carolina Panthers coach John Fox was hired as head coach for the 2011 season.
Bowlen, whose family made its fortune in the oil business, acquired control of the Broncos from Edgar Kaiser, who had purchased the team in 1981.