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Elway Frowns On Ownership


John Elway said he's not optimistic about getting back into football as part-owner of a future NFL team in Los Angeles.

Elway, who retired in May after 16 seasons with the Denver Broncos, met separately with billionaire Eli Broad and Hollywood agent Michael Ovitz two months ago. Broad and Ovitz are two potential owners of an expansion franchise awarded to Los Angeles.

"Am I optimistic? Probably not," Elway said Thursday. "I haven't talked to them in two months. That's the last time I've had any contact with them. ... It's still preliminary. I just talked to them. Other than that, there hasn't been any progress."

Elway, 38, has turned his focus to golf since the Broncos won their second straight Super Bowl in January.

He is preparing for his fourth tournament on the Celebrity Players Tour this season.

"Everybody thinks retirement has been calm," Elway said. "It's actually been more hectic. I'm still trying to wait for things to calm down a little bit. But I'm getting out on the golf course a little more, so my game has improved a little bit year in and year out."

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