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 is said to be still considering his offer.
Now, thanks to a reported offer from a bidder interested in buying the Panthers franchise, Manning could have an impact on Carolina once again - this time as a part owner of the team. His father, Frank Navarro, was a head football coach at Columbia and Princeton. According to the New York Times, Navarro has tabled an offer in the region of $2.6 billion, which would represent a record figure for a professional sports franchise in the U.S. A minority owner, anyway.
Another possible buyer is Michael Rubin, an e-commerce billionaire who reportedly dropped out of the bidding when the price got too high but who is thought to be maintaining an interest in the proceedings. Well, according to a report from the Charlotte Observer, that next step could be getting involved in owning a franchise. The former Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts quarterback is also considered one of the most marketable athletes in the country, with more than $150 million in career income from deals with companies such as Papa John's Pizza and Nationwide insurance.
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The Panthers are still up for sale after former owner Jerry Richardson announced he was selling the team following allegations of workplace harassment and misconduct by Richardson.
Navarro has the backing from Richardson's son, Mark, who believes he is the right man for the team.