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    101 espn’s randy karraker announces effort to purchase the st. Louis rams

    ST. LOUISWXOS-FM’s Randy Karraker announced that he is stepping up to the plate in a bid to purchase the St. Louis Rams NFL franchise. Karraker made this announcement on the air this afternoon at 5:05pm on 101 ESPN.
    As a diehard St. Louis Cardinals football fan, Karraker was crushed years ago when the football team left St. Louis to move to Phoenix back in 1987. It was with hope and optimism that he became a St. Louis Rams fan when the franchise moved to St. Louis. Randy has covered the team for the past 15 years, and has become a staunch Rams supporter. With the Rams’ Superbowl victory in 2000 under Dick Vermeil’s leadership, Karraker’s love of the team was solidified.
    With the recent debacle of Rush Limbaugh’s efforts to join Dave Checketts’ quest to purchase the team, and the rampant rumors about the Rams potential sale and move back to Los Angeles, Karraker was reminded of how bad it hurt when football left St. Louis. And although there are a reported six potential groups interested in purchasing the team, none have stood out from the rest of the competition. Rather than just sit and watch it happen again, Karraker decided to do something about it, and has created the Randy Karraker: Save the Rams Fund- and Fan-Raising Campaign.
    Karraker says “I believe St. Louis deserves an NFL franchise and when football has been good in this city, it’s been greatly supported. Rather than sitting on my hands and doing nothing about it, I’ve decided to do everything I can to make a difference and help keep our Rams here.” He continues, “Whenever 101 ESPN’s “The Fast Lane” broadcasts on location, we will have the Randy Karraker: Save the Rams barrel on hand to collect donations, with all funds donated going to this grassroots cause to keep the Rams where they belong, in St. Louis.”
    101 ESPN Program Director Jason Barrett notes, “Randy is pulling together all of the people he knows, and is calling on the public to raise the funds necessary to keep the Rams where they belong, right here in St. Louis.” Barrett continues, “He realizes this is a huge uphill climb and he doesn’t expect it to be easy. But Randy is going to do his best to make a difference and he hopes to do it with the full support of the public.”
    Karraker notes, “In the event that we are not able to raise enough money to buy the Rams or in the event that Chip Rosenbloom’s family elects to sell the team to someone else, our funds will then be donated to the Special Olympics of Missouri.
    For more information about upcoming appearances of “The Fast Lane”, or how to join and contribute to the Randy Karraker: Save the Rams grassroots fund-raising effort, please contact Program Director Jason Barrett at (314) 983-6230 or Bonneville International.

    St. Louis Rams Fans will also be able to make contributions through the radio station’s web site by clicking on “The Fast Lane” page at 101 ESPN: The Fast Lane.
    And for the latest Rams and NFL news, visit 101 ESPN’s web site at www.101ESPN.com.


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    Re: 101 espn’s randy karraker announces effort to purchase the st. Louis rams

    think Karraker is pretty deluded if he thinks fans who cant fill the stadium without the help of opposing teams fans is gonna fork out the $700 million or so required to buy the Rams.

    best to just be patient and let Checketts find a replacement for Limbaugh or the other supposedly 5 groups interested in buying the Rams get their bid together.
    although its gone quiet in the media regarding new ownership..that dont mean things aren`t happening behind closed doors.

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    Re: 101 espn’s randy karraker announces effort to purchase the st. Louis rams

    Karraker notes, “In the event that we are not able to raise enough money to buy the Rams or in the event that Chip Rosenbloom’s family elects to sell the team to someone else, our funds will then be donated to the Special Olympics of Missouri.
    My guess is, at the end of it all, the result of this "bid" is the Special Olympics gets about a $1,000 donation.
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    Re: 101 espn’s randy karraker announces effort to purchase the st. Louis rams

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    My guess is, at the end of it all, the result of this "bid" is the Special Olympics gets about a $1,000 donation.
    Kick up the donation amount and you are spot on.

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    Re: 101 espn’s randy karraker announces effort to purchase the st. Louis rams

    This is certainly a nice thought, but is never going to happen. I don't know much about this guy. Does he have ANY money?

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    Re: 101 espn’s randy karraker announces effort to purchase the st. Louis rams

    If St. Louis comunity owns the Rams it could change everything the way the organisation works. Next year's salary cap is gone and who knows how things will look in the future. We could control the free agent market and bring any player we want to the team. Imagine having one of the best teams every year with fantasy studs on it. It would be nice! For every man who loves the team as much as I do - we control how good they are going to be year in and year out. I don't know about you guys but I am in!!!

    (Randy Karraker is great radio guy in St. Louis. He knows about sports and is well respected in the comunity. I don't think he has a lot of money but he knows some people. Rush Limbua came up with this idea and would probably contribut in donations.)
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    Re: 101 espn’s randy karraker announces effort to purchase the st. Louis rams

    Quote Originally Posted by Bosna-Ram View Post
    If St. Louis comunity owns the Rams it could change everything the way the organisation works. Next year's salary cap is gone and who knows how things will look in the future. We could control the free agent market and bring any player we want to the team. Imagine having one of the best teams every year with fantasy studs on it. It would be nice! For every man who loves the team as much as I do - we control how good they are going to be year in and year out. I don't know about you guys but I am in!!!
    the thing is...not enough people love the team the way we do..what worked in Green Bay just aint gonna happen in St.Louis. half our Fan base are in Cali..they wouldnt chip in to stop the Rams returning to Cali.

    we need millionaires & billionaires..not a couple of working class fans throwing their spare dollars into a hat.

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    Re: 101 espn’s randy karraker announces effort to purchase the st. Louis rams

    I had to chuckle at that story....

    IF this turns out to be the best chance for someone to buy the Rams and keep them in St. Louis, consider them gone.
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    Re: 101 espn’s randy karraker announces effort to purchase the st. Louis rams

    This is pretty funny, trying to motivate a fan base to raise crazy money for the purpose of buying the Rams, when they aren't even motivated enough to buy tickets to fill the EJD for games. If anything, it's a nice little publicity stunt.

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    Re: 101 espn’s randy karraker announces effort to purchase the st. Louis rams

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMFANRAIDERHATER View Post
    I had to chuckle at that story....

    IF this turns out to be the best chance for someone to buy the Rams and keep them in St. Louis, consider them gone.
    Fortunately, it's not.
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    Re: 101 espn’s randy karraker announces effort to purchase the st. Louis rams

    Quote Originally Posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
    This is pretty funny, trying to motivate a fan base to raise crazy money for the purpose of buying the Rams, when they aren't even motivated enough to buy tickets to fill the EJD for games. If anything, it's a nice little publicity stunt.
    BINGO! We have a winner!

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    Re: 101 espn’s randy karraker announces effort to purchase the st. Louis rams

    Clever. Either this is a sneakily disguised charity drive for the Special Olympics or Karraker gets a team worth at least $750 million. Now there's a snake oil salesman for ya!

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