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When Maya Angelou said, "When people show you who they are, believe them," she was referring to the actions of the football team.

Despite all the headlines and backlash that the league receives, and the fact that they're dealing with a class-action lawsuit from three Black men that are alleging racist hiring practices when it comes to Black coaches, everything is lined up for the Broncos to be announced soon. The league hasn't allowed a black person to be an owner.

According to multiple reports, the son of Walmart founder Sam Walton is going to give the Denver Broncos $4.5 billion to win the Superbowl. Another rich white guy from a red state is giving the football team. It's funny how things always work out.

It will be the highest amount paid for a US professional sports team. The sale of the Brooklyn Nets to Alibaba Group Holding Inc. would make it the most expensive sports transaction in history. It was clear that the person with the deepest pockets was going to win when Tepper bought the panthers in cash. According to the most recent list of the world's richest sports owners, it means that Walton will be the first one in the league.

The problem isn't a team being sold to the highest bidder. This league tried to act like it was going to give a black person a chance at ownership when it wasn't. People fell in love with it.

When he didn't have a chance with an estimated net worth of less than half a billion, his name was thrown around like he was a legit contender. There were people who thought they could buy a team when all they did was make bigger fools of themselves. The attempt was baseless and fell apart as soon as the asking price went up to $2.5 billion.

Jay-Z's estimated worth of $1 billion is pocket change to most of the other bidders, as if it would put him on the fast track to ownership. I think it was worth it for him to perform at the Super Bowl and sell out the game.

Robert F. Smith had a good chance of winning. Colts owner Jim Irsay and Eagles owner Jeff Lurie have net worths that are lower than his. It wasn't cool to let in a wealthy black man who paid off all the student debt at Morehouse College, the only all-male HBCU on earth.

“Why does the NFL and its owners have such a difficult time, at the highest levels, hiring Black people into decision-making positions?”

Jim Trotter inquired about that at the Super Bowl press conference. The veteran journalist also discussed the league's lack of Black coaches throughout the NFL's 100 year history, and how the league still hasn't had a Black majority owner, has only had two Black club presidents, and only two executives in the league office.

There are a number of reasons why the league is being sued. The evidence is glaring when you look at how the NFL is constructed.

This isn't about whether or not the way the NFL chooses who gets to be an owner is legal or illegal. This is about the NFL being who they are and people still pretending that they aren't that bad. The Rooney rule is better in Major League Soccer. The league will host its first official event in Africa later this month with a talent identification camp. It took until 2022, for a league that is over 100 years old and includes over 100 players born in Africa and/or first- generation Africans, to go to the second- largest continent on Earth to see if there was talent.

For a while, think about that.

The league produced 75 of the 100 most- watched television broadcasts in the year 2021. The heir to Walmart is about to take over as an owner of the football team. It's pretty clear why the league has never had a black owner. There are many ways in which the game is rigged.