Super Bowl 50: Panthers, Broncos Pay For Every Employee To Travel To Game
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Who’s going to Super Bowl 50 from the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers?
Well, quarterbacks Cam Newton, Peyton Manning and the players from both teams, of course. The owners. The front office. The cheerleaders.
Oh, and every single person associated with both organizations.
Denver owner Pat Bowlen and Carolina owner Jerry Richardson will both pay for all employees of their respective teams – full-time, part-time and interns – to travel to Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif., according to the Denver Post and SB Nation.
And as SB Nation pointed out, if you don’t think that’s a magnanimous gesture and an expensive undertaking, consider this – the Golden State Warriors did the same thing for their employees last year when they played Cleveland in the National Basketball Association finals, and it amounted to 155 hotel rooms being booked. NFL teams have far more people in the front office and far more support staff than NBA clubs.
The players and coaches arrived in Santa Clara on Sunday; the employees will arrive Thursday and have their airfare, hotel and tickets to the big game paid for.
This is the second time in three years that Denver has paid for all of its employees to attend the Super Bowl. Bowlen is technically not the owner of the team any longer after he placed his ownership in trust 18 months ago after learning he has Alzheimer’s Disease. But he made his wishes known to his family and front office personnel.
“It’s a huge expense, but it buys you a lot of goodwill and equity with people and makes people feel good about working for Mr. Bowlen,” Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis told the Post. “So many staff members are in a working capacity when they go to the Super Bowl, but at least their families get to come out and enjoy it, because it is a special moment and it is a difficult game to get to from a team standpoint.”
Bowlen is making a record seventh Super Bowl appearance as an owner.
Richardson and the Panthers are making their second appearance in a Super Bowl, the first since 2004 when he also paid for all employees to attend the game.
“Mr. Richardson understands that this memorable season would not have been possible without harmony and a complete team effort. … It’s an incredibly gracious gift,” Panthers team president Danny Morrison said in a statement.
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