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NFL World Reacts To Thursday's Major Broncos News

A general view of the Denver Broncos stadium.

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 5: A general view of Sports Authority Field at Mile High prior to kickoff between the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens on September 5, 2013 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

NFL franchises are only sold once in a blue moon, but a Thursday report indicates that the Denver Broncos are in the process of setting up a sale for this upcoming offseason.

According to Sportico, the Broncos have met with at least four different“sell-side bankers” about handling a potential sale of the franchise. Although not official yet, it's the clearest indication thus far that the organization could hit the open market after the conclusion of the 2021 season.

The Broncos were most recently owned by Pat Bowlen from 1984 until his death in 2019. Since then, the franchise been in control of a trust, with the long-term ownership future still up in the air.

As a storied organization with a rich history, the Broncos would surely garner ample interest and command a hefty price when the time for a sale comes. According to a valuation before the 2021 season, the franchise could be worth nearly $3.8 billion, which is a price that would blow away the record for the most expensive sale of an NFL team.

There's been rumors that the Broncos would soon hit the market, but Thursday's report significantly built up the anticipation. Many fans and media members took to social media to give their thoughts on the likely sale coming up in Denver.

The Sportico report comes just days before the Broncos will play their biggest game of the 2021 season thus far. Denver takes on Kansas City this Sunday in an important AFC West battle that has some postseason implications.

The Broncos will have to do their best to keep the focus on the field this weekend, rather than what might transpire after the year in terms of ownership.