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    Although, I hate to link to a lot of the various hate across the internet, this one involves the potential new Rams owner, Shahid Khan. “Conservative Commentator” Debbie Schlussel writes a blog post on her blog today about Khan. First and foremost, Debbie seems to be still upset and bitter that Rush Limbaugh was quickly shot down as a potential owner.
    Not so with Khan, even though he’s had a number of questionable dealings with the IRS and tax problems. Normally those would be a problem with the NFL ownership committee. But maybe the NFL makes exceptions in the interest of Muslim affirmative action. Hey, it’s a good thing the football is no longer made of real pigskin, right?
    So, lets see, Debbie first brings up the case of Khan’s issues with the IRS, which Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has explained as a disagreement between Khan and his tax accountant. Since we are in America and everyone is innocent until proven guilty, the Khan’s have said that they were under the impression that where they placed their money was legal. They paid the full amount to the IRS anyway and Miklasz says that the taxes will be no problem for the pending sale. So, “normally” these would not be a problem for the NFL owners, who haven’t even voted on Khan’s ability to join their ownership fraternity yet.
    The fact that Debbie even insinuates that the Rams primary ownership group of Rosenbloom and Rodriquez chose Shahid Khan because he would be the first minority owner is ridiculous. Khan was chosen because he had enough money to purchase the full 100% of the Rams if necessary, is a Rams fan and is more than happy to keep the Rams in St. Louis.
    More take down of Debbie Schlussel’s racist article after the jump.

    And how does Debbie know that Shahid Khan is Muslim? Just because he lived in Pakistan until he was 16 years old? He could be Muslim, what does that have to do with anything about him owning the Rams franchise? It had nothing to do with him building a extremely successful international car parts company. Schlussel obviously has a personal vendetta against any person with any shade of brown skin who can say that they (or their ancestors) came from somewhere in the Middle East.
    Like I said, conservative minority owners in the NFL–verboten; but Muslim tax cheats … YAY! Gee, I wonder if Mr. Khan will denounce HAMAS and Hezbollah. Actually, I don’t wonder because I know the answer: don’t bet on it. And the spineless NFL and its owners won’t have the guts to ask him, either.
    What does Hamas and Hezbollah have to do with a business owner that lives in Champaign, Illinois and NFL football? Nothing. So, I’m sorry, Debbie Schlussel that your personal hero, Rush Limbaugh was quickly dropped from a possible ownership group, but Khan will be a great owner for the St. Louis Rams. Take your hate somewhere else, we don’t want it here.


    --Courtest of Rams Gab


    So it begins.....someone really needs to punch this chick right in the face..

  • #2
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    Conservative Liberial I do not care. Hope to get someone with the vision and knowledge to surround himself with top football men.

    Go Rams

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    • #3
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      Simply Disgusting

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      • #4
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        I say don't click on the link to blog on her blog. Any traffic to her site helps her make money. She shouldn't get paid for that crap.

        IGNORE IDIOTS like her.

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          Guys, we're not walking the political road again. Some chick (that I've never heard of) makes a silly statement........okay, so I guess she won't be on the Christmas card list.

          But that's the end of it. Nothing to see here; please dispurse.
          The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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          • r8rh8rmike
            Bernie: More On Rams Sale & Shahid Kahn
            by r8rh8rmike
            02.11.2010 11:01 am
            More on Rams Sale & Shahid Khan
            By Bernie Miklasz


            Good morning …

            In no particular order:

            * What are Stan Kroenke’s options? The Rams’ 40 percent owner has three choices. (1) keep his 40 percent and work with Shahid Khan if Khan is approved as the 60 percent owner. (2) sell his 40 percent to Khan. (3) exercise his right of first refusal, try to buy all 100 percent and then take on the NFL to persuade the league to change its rules covering cross ownership. Unless the NFL changes the rules, Kroenke can’t be the 100 percent owner.

            * Perhaps Kroenke will have a fourth option; there are rumors of the NFL Denver Broncos being for sale.

            * Why did Khan gain the advantage over Dave Checketts in the competition for the Rams? Two reasons: (1) The Checketts’ group was financially prepared to buy 60 percent of the team — the piece owned by Chip Rosenbloom and his sister Lucia Rodriguez. If Kroenke wants to opt out of his 40 percent, the Checketts’ group wasn’t in position to buy Kroenke’s 40-share as well. Khan, on the other hand, has the resources to buy all 100 percent if need be. (2) Khan’s bid is a stand-alone deal; he is, for now, by himself on this. (It’s always possible to add partners later). But the NFL likes clean deals. The NFL prefers a one-owner structure. Checketts had cobbled together a network of investors; the ownership pie was being divided among many people.

            * What’s next for Khan? A purchase agreement has been signed. It will take several weeks, perhaps 6 to 8 weeks, for the Rams’ owners and Khan to formally close on the deal, which is a normal procedure. During this waiting time, Khan will likely be vetted by the NFL Finance Committee. Every aspect of his finances and personal background will be inspected by the league, which, again, is standard procedure. If Khan gains clearance from the committee, then the NFL owners will vote on the sale. Khan will need 75 percent of the 32 owners to support him.

            * What about Khan’s dispute with the Internal Revenue Service? Will that be an issue? Obviously, this will draw scrutiny from the NFL’s finance committee. And here is a link to the latest news story on the Kahn/IRS dispute. A couple of things on this: a dispute with the IRS is hardly unusual. This isn’t a criminal complaint; it’s a disagreement on the validity of tax shelters and Khan and his wife paid the IRS the requested amount, $68 million. And now the Khans are challenging the IRS to get the money back. Also, Goldman-Sachs, which handled the sale for Rosenbloom-Rodriguez, thoroughly vetted Khan on this and other financial issues. Goldman-Sachs wouldn’t have forwarded Khan’s bid to the Rams unless the broker had reasonable confidence in Khan’s status and Khan’s prospects for being approved by the NFL. But obviously, questions will be asked.

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          • Varg6
            Diversity, money are key issues with Khan's Rams bid
            by Varg6
            Per stltoday.com

            By Bernie...

            Now that Shahid Khan has signed off on a deal to purchase majority ownership of the Rams, it will be fascinating to watch how the NFL receives him.

            If approved by NFL owners, Khan would become the first minority owner in control of a franchise in league history.

            Khan, born in Pakistan, came to the U.S. in 1967 at age 16. He became a U.S. citizen, was educated at the University of Illinois, built a hugely successful auto-parts manufacturing company, raised a family and has lived in central Illinois for 40 years.

            But we're reminded that the NFL is a private club, with only 32 lead owners/members. That point was underlined in a story that appeared in Saturday's Post-Dispatch.


            This passage caught my attention: "As one observer familiar with the process emphasized, it's more than just a matter of money. Using the analogy of an exclusive tennis club, the observer said, 'Do you like him enough to invite him to join your club? And if so, can he afford to pay the dues?'''

            I think it's ridiculous that we're even having this discussion. But Khan's application certainly will be a matter of keen interest for those who want to see if the NFL is truly inclusive at the highest level.

            I believe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is a man of integrity. I would be absolutely shocked if Khan is treated less than fairly by the NFL or the owners. And if Khan's finances check out, he should be fine. (More on that later.) I would think the NFL would be proud to open the doors to its inner sanctum to Khan — an ambitious, self-made man who represents the American dream.

            After all, Goodell spoke out against popular radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh when Limbaugh briefly partnered with Dave Checketts in a bid to buy the Rams.

            Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay also denounced Limbaugh; Irsay happens to be a member of the NFL Finance Committee, which will review Khan.

            After taking Limbaugh to task for making "divisive" comments, Goodell was challenged by a member of Congress during an appearance on Capitol Hill.

            Goodell responded, in part, with this: "The NFL is about bringing people together, it's about unity and that we do not — we do not move toward divisive actions. And, in fact, our teams, I think, have demonstrated that both on and off the field. Nothing brings a team and a community together better than the NFL."

            The NFL received a "B" — its best grade ever — in the 2009 Race and Gender Report Card issued by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES). The NFL had five minority general managers and six minority head coaches in 2009. But in its report, TIDES also pointed out that "no person of color has ever held majority ownership of an NFL team." And according to TIDES, no minority...
            -02-14-2010, 01:18 PM
          • Varg6
            Proposed Rams buyer has had IRS issues
            by Varg6
            Per Mike Florio...

            The mere fact that Rams owners Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez have found a buyer for 60 percent of the franchise doesn't mean that the proposed buyer ultimately will acquire control of the team. Ultimately, 24 of the league's 32 owners must approve the transaction.

            And there's already cause for concern regarding the viability of Shahid Khan's bid.

            Howard Balzer of GlobeDemocrat.com reports that Khan and his wife have been investigated by the IRS for allegedly sheltering "hundreds of millions of dollars" from income taxes.

            Last year, Khan and his wife reportedly paid roughly $68 million to resolve the claims, and the couple has since filed two lawsuits claiming that they were misled by financial advisers regarding the tax shelters.

            As Balzer points out, legal proceedings in the cases will occur on March 23, just as owners are convening in Orlando for their annual meetings.

            The impact, if any, on the approval process isn't known. But it's safe to say that the league will look closely into the situation before giving the green light to the transaction.

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            -02-11-2010, 01:49 PM
          • r8rh8rmike
            St. Louis Rams' New Owner Offers Hope
            by r8rh8rmike
            St. Louis Rams' new owner offers hope

            Sports Columnist Bernie Miklasz
            ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
            02/12/2010


            The pending sale of the Rams to Shahid Khan is cause for optimism. Khan represents the classic American success story. It's the kind of story that's made America so great. It's the kind of story that we traditionally root for, and point to, with pride.

            Born in Pakistan, Khan arrived in the U.S. in 1967. He was a teenager then, and St. Louis was Khan's landing spot, his first stop on American soil. Khan went on to earn an engineering degree at the University of Illinois. He married his college sweetheart. He built a successful career and a blissful personal life in America's heartland, living in the Champaign-Urbana, Ill., area for more than 40 years.

            And that bodes well for St. Louis and the Rams' future in our town. Khan has roots in this region. He didn't take his fortune and move to Malibu, Napa Valley, Aspen, the Hamptons or some other trendy spot. Khan remained in the Midwest. And that gives us a legitimate reason to believe he'll want to keep an NFL team in St. Louis.

            Khan is a football fan. He has a luxury suite at Illinois home games. Khan has helped Illinois football coach Ron Zook by giving Zook use of Khan's private jet for recruiting trips. He's been generous in his support of academic and athletic programs at Illinois. ShopSTL Marketplace

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            In an interview with Mike Owens of KSDK-TV and Marc Cox of KMOV-TV, Zook praised Khan as "a competitor and a winner. He's a very successful man. He's been very successful in everything he's done and there's no reason to think he won't be successful in the National Football League."

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            Provided that there are no glitches or unforeseen problems — and Khan still must gain clearance from NFL owners — he'll be in position to make a positive impact on the franchise.

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          • larams1980
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            by larams1980
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