- The Denver Broncos were sold this week to Walmart heir Rob Walton, his daughter and her husband.
- The sale of the team led to numerous jokes and references to one particular episode of The Simpsons.
- Read more news about the NFL here.
This past Monday, the NFL’s Denver Broncos were sold for a record-shattering $4.65 billion.
The buyers, the Walton-Penner family ownership group, is headed by the heir to the Walmart fortune Rob Walton, his daughter Carrie Walton-Penner and her husband Greg Penner.
The sale of the Broncos is still subject to review by the NFL’s finance committee and has to be approved by a vote of the NFL owners, all of which is expected to take somewhere between 60 to 90 days, but it’s pretty much a done deal at this point.
“We are thrilled to be selected to move forward with the purchase of the Denver Broncos!” Walton said in a statement. “Carrie, Greg and I are inspired by the opportunity to steward this great organization in a vibrant community full of opportunity and passionate fans. Having lived and worked in Colorado, we’ve always admired the Broncos. Our enthusiasm has only grown as we’ve learned more about the team, staff and Broncos Country over the last few months.”
Many NFL fans recalled The Simpsons episode where Homer was gifted the Denver Broncos
As excited as Walton is about the purchase of the team, many Broncos fans were still a little concerned about the ownership change. (Though none of them probably feel as bad about it as John Elway who turned down a chance to buy a 20 percent stake in the team in 1998 that would have netted him a cool billion.)
The rest of the football world fell mostly into two camps: those who couldn’t believe how much money the Walton-Penner group paid for the Broncos, and those who saw the sale as the perfect opportunity to reference the episode of The Simpsons, “You Only Move Twice.”
Homer Simpson once got the Denver Broncos for alot less than 4.6 billion.— Mr. Eph (@MrEph) June 8, 2022
Rob Walton has mighty big shoes to fill. Homer Simpson proved to be one hell of an owner! pic.twitter.com/7oKFUUJV4w— 808 Broncos Fanatic (@303fan_in_da808) June 8, 2022
The Broncos have come a long way since being gifted to Homer Simpson by Hank Scorpio in the 90s. https://t.co/GUcL8Vx8Zl— Daggett Morse (@LaxCoachDaggs) June 6, 2022