With the final chapter of the Denver Broncos purchase process by Rob Walton, the businessman heir to the Walmart chain, scheduled for next Tuesday (9), the Walton-Penner Group announced on Tuesday (2) that it has a new (and famous) investor to join the adventure.
According to Waltor, six-time Formula 1 world champion driver Lewis Hamilton will be one of the owners of the franchise.
The Brit will join Condoleezza Rice, former US Secretary of State, who joined the investor group in July.
“We are delighted to welcome seven-time F1 world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton to our ownership group,” Rob Walton said in a statement.
“He is a competitor and a champion, who knows like few others what it takes to lead a championship team,” he added.
The greatest champion in the history of Formula One alongside Germany’s Michael Schumacher, Hamilton holds the absolute record for the number of victories in the sport: 103.
Last weekend, he had a great race and finished in 2nd position in the Hungarian GP, reaching 6th place in the F1 World Championship of the current season.
In June, a group led by Rob Walton reached an agreement to buy the Broncos for $4.65 billion.
The NFL, meanwhile, has scheduled a vote among franchise owners for August 9 in Minneapolis to register formal approval for the sale of the Denver team to the Walton-Penner Group.
Last week, the league’s Finance Committee unanimously recommended that the sale be approved. However, it will take 24 “yes” votes among team owners for the deal to close.
The sale of the Broncos is already an all-time record among sports franchises in North America.
The Colorado team is one of the most successful franchises in the “Super Bowl era” with three titles.