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  • Kroenke: Rams would stay here ..

    By Bernie Miklasz

    If Stan Kroenke gains NFL approval in his quest to purchase the Rams, he vows to do everything he can to secure the team's long-term future in St. Louis.

    In his first interview since announcing that he'd exercised an option to match businessman Shahid Khan's bid for the available 60 percent of the team, Kroenke broke his customary silence in an attempt to reassure Rams fans of his positive intentions.

    "I'm going to attempt to do everything that I can to keep the Rams in St. Louis," Kroenke said in a phone interview Tuesday night. "Just as I did everything that I could to bring the team to St. Louis in 1995. I believe my actions speak for themselves."

    In the early 1990s, Kroenke became the lead investor in a St. Louis group that unsuccessfully pursued an NFL expansion franchise. But Kroenke later purchased 40 percent of the Rams from owner Georgia Frontiere as a precondition of the franchise's move from Los Angeles to St. Louis before the 1995 season.

    "There's a track record," Kroenke said. "I've always stepped up for pro football in St. Louis. And I'm stepping up one more time."

    Kroenke, citing confidentiality agreements, declined to discuss his plan to persuade the NFL to accommodate his bid for the Rams. Because of current league guidelines, Kroenke must work around NFL rules that prohibiting cross-ownership. He may have a problem in gaining clearance from the NFL because of his ownership of NBA and NHL franchises in Denver. The Post-Dispatch recently reported that one potential solution is to have Kroenke sell the Denver sports franchises to his wife, Ann.

    Again citing confidentiality agreements, Kroenke declined to discuss his dealings with Khan, who had hoped to have Kroenke stay on board as a 40 percent partner. A report in the Sports Business Journal claimed that Kroenke had asked Khan for "a mid- to high eight-figure fee" in return for allowing Khan to proceed with his attempted purchase of 60 percent of the Rams.

    Since Kroenke decided to match Khan's bid, Kroenke's motives have come under scrutiny. For starters, Kroenke didn't express a commitment to St. Louis in the statement he issued to announce his decision to match. Then came a report that Kroenke was a member of an NFL committee that supervises potential new-stadium projects in Los Angeles, which is seeking an NFL franchise. Then came the Sports Business Journal report, which caused more commotion in St. Louis.

    Kroenke is bothered by the perception that he'd work against St. Louis, or that he'd scheme to move the Rams back to Los Angeles. He pointed to a life spent largely inside Missouri borders, and his base in Columbia, Mo.

    "I'm born and raised in Missouri," Kroenke said. "I've been a Missourian for 60 years. People in our state know me. People know I can be trusted. People know I am an honorable guy."

    Kroenke mentioned that his mother-in-law, who is 86, attends every Rams home game as an enthusiastic fan. And she is accompanied to the games by her sister, who lives in the St. Louis area. Kroenke didn't finish the obvious point, but I'll finish it for him: Why would anyone believe he'd want to move the Rams away from beloved family members?

    The Rams' lease at the Edward Jones Dome is in question. Unless the facility ranks among the top 25 percent of NFL facilities — which is virtually impossible — the Rams' lease would be nullified after the 2014 season. And the team would be free to move unless a new agreement can be reached.

    Kroenke said, "I'll do my damnedest," to secure the Rams' future in St. Louis.

    During our interview, Kroenke's passion was striking.

    Kroenke doesn't speak out often — but in this instance, his words carried weight.

    That said, Kroenke is a businessman. I don't use that as a pejorative term. I just don't believe Kroenke will be an easy touch in any stadium negotiations. The Rams need to improve their revenue flow at the facility to keep up with other NFL franchises. Kroenke may eventually drive a hard bargain. Still, it was encouraging to hear him speak so adamantly of his desire to find a way to make it work here.

    Rams majority owner Chip Rosenbloom also ended his period of silence on the Rams' sale. In an interview Tuesday, Rosenbloom wouldn't discuss the sale process, but he emphasized that he likes Khan and Kroenke and considers them friends. And Rosenbloom believes that either man would be a good owner for St. Louis.

    But Rosenbloom felt compelled to defend Kroenke on a personal level.

    "There's no reason to believe that Stan would be anything less than committed to St. Louis," Rosenbloom said. "He was instrumental in securing the Rams franchise for St. Louis along with my mom (Frontiere) and (Rams adviser) John Shaw. Stan has been our partner since we came to St. Louis. He's been by our side for 15 years."

    Pointing to Kroenke's roots, family and business interests in Missouri, Rosenbloom said he is puzzled by the backlash against Kroenke.

    "All of it points to a good relationship with St. Louis," Rosenbloom said. "I don't know why anyone would believe otherwise."

    Before the interview ended, Kroenke had one more item to address.

    The Rams will have the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's first round of the NFL draft.

    "I'm excited," Kroenke said. "I can't wait to see what we do."

    Will the Rams draft Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford?

    Kroenke offered no clues or hints on that. But he did convey support for the Rams' future in St. Louis, and at this stage that's even more important.

  • #2
    Re: Kroenke: Rams would stay here ..

    Quoting Pulp Fiction: "You brought the Wolf? Why didn't you just say so?"

    Kind of how I feel now. Why didn't he just say so?


    • #3
      Re: Kroenke: Rams would stay here ..

      i`m guessing there may not be a third of the articles that came out stating things like "Kroenke can`t be trusted" state the truth that infact all these drama driven sports writers were wrong...but hey..Kreonke didn`t say he wanted to help build a succesfull NFL i guess he`ll have to make a statement about that next week too..:|

      realise things have changed folks. have a little mistrust the current people who are within the franchise is like blaming your current partner because your ex cheated on`s not justified and it`s not gonna bring any good.


      • #4
        Re: Kroenke: Rams would stay here ..

        Nice statement. I like how he left his options open with, "I'm going to attempt to do everything that I can to keep the Rams in St. Louis..." . I believe he will try to get a new stadium deal done. If not, I think he'll take his team to greener pastures.
        That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!!


        • #5
          Re: Kroenke: Rams would stay here ..

          Originally posted by txramsfan View Post
          Quoting Pulp Fiction: "You brought the Wolf? Why didn't you just say so?"

          Kind of how I feel now. Why didn't he just say so?
          S***, n****......that's all you had to say!

          Man, I love that movie.

          Of course, now I have a picture of Stan Kroenke as Marsallus on the phone with Jules and Vincent.
          The more things change, the more they stay the same.


          • #6
            Re: Kroenke: Rams would stay here ..

            When Stan Kroenke is perceived as anti-St. Louis, the world is truly entering end times. Kudos to the PD sports writers (sarcasm alert). They did a fine job of taking the mundane facts (Kroenke will exercise his option) and turning it into a fiasco that PD Rams fans will swallow hook/line/sinker (Kroenke is moving because he's a greedy capitalist pig that likes to screw the little guy that does not wipe his butt with thousand dollar bills).
            The more things change, the more they stay the same.


            • #7
              Re: Kroenke: Rams would stay here ..

              Its funny, im listening to Brian Burwell rant on how Kroenke is still capable of diabolical behavior in this could be a ploy based on his "pattern of behavior".

              We'll see is all i can say. Regardless, my Rams will still in STL at least until 2014, by which time i myself won't even be living in Saint Louis anymore.


              • #8
                Re: Kroenke: Rams would stay here ..

                Well, Truth does make some valid points and Kroenke is still on the stadium committee in L.A. Kroenke hasn't come out and said they are definately staying....just that he will do all he can. Which could mean a number of things.


                • #9
                  Re: Kroenke: Rams would stay here ..

                  If Bernie were reporting the story of Humpty Dumpty, his readers would be blogging about how the King's horses and the King's men conspired to push him off the wall.

                  That is... of course... until Humpty Dumpty agreed to grant Bernie an interview.


                  • #10
                    Re: Kroenke: Rams would stay here ..

                    Changes nothing. Without a stadium, this team is gone.


                    • #11
                      Re: Kroenke: Rams would stay here ..

                      Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
                      If Bernie were reporting the story of Humpty Dumpty, his readers would be blogging about how the King's horses and the King's men conspired to push him off the wall.

                      That is... of course... until Humpty Dumpty agreed to grant Bernie an interview.
                      that's mainly what i got out of this, bernie was the main guy stirring the pot on this issue and now he's acting as if talking about it is ridiculous..


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                      • MauiRam
                        Kroenke's silence might say a lot ..
                        by MauiRam
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                        What a strange time to be a Rams fan in St. Louis. We're eight days away from the NFL draft, and the Rams hold the first choice. They're probably going to choose talented Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, a good guy with an accurate arm who can become the new face of the franchise and a symbol of hope.

                        After three seasons of 6-42 football, this should be a time of looking ahead to better, happier days. But as usual, Rams fans are left to wonder what's going on. The glimpse into the future is hazy. An unsettled, uncertain ownership situation has put the franchise in turmoil. And that's unfortunate.

                        The concern is that the football operation is limited and unable to spend money and make moves because of the uncertainty at the very top of the franchise. If Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez are selling their 60 percent to Stan Kroenke or Shahid Khan, then haven't they already checked out?

                        "Nothing could be further from the truth," said Kevin Demoff, the Rams' chief operating officer. "We're making football decisions based on what's best for the Rams in the short term and the long term. We presented an offseason game plan to Chip and Lucia, and they agreed to it. Nothing has changed. There are no constraints. They are actively involved."

                        The purpose here isn't to beat up on Rosenbloom and Rodriguez. They've made a genuine attempt to give the franchise a fresh start by installing new football leadership. And they have improved the dysfunctional culture at Rams Park.

                        Moreover, the Rosenblooms were determined to sell to pro-St. Louis interests. They thought they had a good buyer in Khan, the central Illinois businessman who lives within an easy drive from St. Louis. After entering into a purchase agreement with the Rosenblooms, Khan immediately conveyed his pro-St. Louis sentiment and indicated that he wanted to keep the team here.

                        But Rams minority ownership partner Stan Kroenke cut off Khan's bid by exercising his contractual right to buy the 60 percent owned by Chip and Lucia. Kroenke must persuade the NFL owners to change their cross-ownership rules to accommodate him.

                        And what if Kroenke succeeds? It's widely assumed that Kroenke would be pro-St. Louis with the Rams. He's a Missouri native. A multi-billionaire and highly successful real-estate developer, Kroenke does business throughout the state. He has family here. He has a residence in Columbia, Mo. And he helped bring the Rams here from Los Angeles in '95.

                        That said, something struck me as odd the other night when Kroenke disclosed his intentions to buy the Rosenbloom-Rodriguez shares. In his statement, Kroenke said nothing about wanting to keep the team in St. Louis. There was no expression of thanks offered to Rams fans for...
                        -04-15-2010, 09:09 AM
                      • MrOrange
                        Its official: Stan Kroenke is the owner of the Rams
                        by MrOrange
                        E. Stanley Kroenke Becomes Majority Owner Of The St. Louis Rams
                        Wednesday, August 25, 2010

                        ST. LOUIS, MO. – E. Stanley Kroenke has become the majority owner of the St. Louis Rams, the National Football League announced today. The decision was made by a vote by the league’s owners at a meeting in Atlanta this morning. Kroenke will become the seventh majority owner in the team’s 73-year history.

                        “Stan has been a familiar and respected figure in the National Football League for more than 15 years,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “He is a proven businessman and has experienced success in all of his sports franchises, as well as serving as a responsible community leader. We look forward to him continuing to uphold the goals and values of the NFL as he becomes the majority owner of the St. Louis Rams.”

                        Prior to becoming the majority owner of the Rams, Kroenke was the minority owner of the team. He was vital in the effort to bring professional football back to St. Louis in 1995. With his real estate development expertise, Kroenke was instrumental in the building of Rams Park, now known as the Russell Training Center.

                        “We are delighted with today’s vote by NFL owners. It is one of the very high points of our long association with the NFL,” Kroenke said. “We look forward to working with our fellow owners and Commissioner Goodell as the transaction is finalized and in the years ahead.

                        "The Rosenbloom family deserves our thanks for all their efforts on behalf of a great football organization and a great city.

                        “Building organizations that win consistently is a challenge that we understand. We are excited about the opportunity as principal owner of the St. Louis Rams.”

                        “Fifteen years ago, my family entered a partnership with Stan Kroenke and it has been a wonderful relationship,” said Chip Rosenbloom. “Although today is an emotional day and the end of an era for or family, it is also the beginning of a new chapter in the rich history of the St. Louis Rams. We look forward to Stan continuing the great tradition of the organization. On behalf of my sister Lucia and our entire family, we congratulate Stan and the Kroenke family on becoming the majority owner of the Rams.”

                        Kroenke currently is the owner of the Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Denver Nuggets (NBA), the Colorado Rapids (MLS) and the Colorado Mammoth (NLL). He is also the largest shareholder of Arsenal FC of the English Premier League.

                        The Pepsi Center in Denver, also owned by Kroenke, hosted the 2001 NHL All-Star game and the 2005 NBA All-Star game. This facility also played host to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. In 2004, Kroenke launched the Altitude Sports & Entertainment television network. The 24-hour regional sports network is home to the Nuggets, Avalanche and the Mammoth....
                        -08-25-2010, 09:03 AM
                      • MauiRam
                        Kroenke waiting for move on Rams
                        by MauiRam
                        Bernie Miklasz bjmiklasz 314-340-8192
                        ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

                        One of the more compelling aspects of the Rams' sale is the role of Stan Kroenke in the proceedings. Rams owners Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez, team insiders and other NFL executives and owners are wondering: what is Kroenke going to do? Is he going to make a play for control of the team? And if so, when?

                        Don't expect Kroenke to lay his plan out for us. He's staying underground on the Rams' front and not returning media calls. He's not about to give away any clues on his Rams' strategy.

                        Kroenke, worth an estimated $3 billion, is a busy sports mogul. He owns 40 percent of the Rams. He owns the NBA Denver Nuggets, the NHL Colorado Avalanche and the Pepsi Center in Denver. He owns the Major League Soccer franchise in Colorado and the stadium that houses the team. He is the majority shareholder (28.3 percent) of the prestigious Arsenal soccer club in the English Premier League. Kroenke owns a pro lacrosse team, an arena football team, and a Colorado-based cable-sports network.

                        And Kroenke's real-estate development company continues to prosper, making him one of the nation's wealthiest individuals according to Forbes magazine.
                        So does Kroenke want to buy the available 60 percent ownership block and challenge NFL rules that prohibit cross ownership? Or is he content to hang onto his 40 percent, oversee his other sports properties, concentrate on accumulating more Arsenal stock and avoid a skirmish with the NFL?

                        After speaking to a couple of Kroenke associates — sorry, no names — I think I have a general handle on his approach. But I can't be sure. Remember, this is the same Kroenke who made no noise about being interested in the Nuggets and the Avalanche, only to swoop in and buy them at the end of the process. Kroenke waited until the collapse of Bill Laurie's tentative deal for the teams, then made his move. And Laurie is Kroenke's brother-in-law, but Laurie knew nothing of Kroenke's intentions.

                        I believe Kroenke will sit and wait for others to make the first move.

                        It makes sense, because Kroenke has the right of first refusal on the Rams' sale. He can match any offer for the available 60 percent. By hanging back, Kroenke won't set the market and take the risk of bidding against himself to meet Rosenbloom's price. Instead, it's smarter for Kroenke to wait for another interested party to set the market, then react accordingly.

                        If another bidder makes an offer on the lower side, and the price is acceptable to Rosenbloom, then Kroenke can match the offer and get a relative bargain. He can save millions of dollars on the purchase. If Kroenke gets a great deal, then he may be more inclined to fight the league over that 60 percent.

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                      • r8rh8rmike
                        Bernie: A Look At Kroenke's Strategy
                        by r8rh8rmike
                        05.10.2010 11:00 am
                        Bernie Bytes: A Look at Kroenke’s Strategy
                        By Bernie Miklasz

                        The latest twist in Stan Kroenke’s pursuit of the Rams comes from Daniel Kaplan of The SportsBusiness Journal. Kaplan reports that Kroenke is attempting to get around the NFL’s cross-ownership rules by turning the team over to his wife, Ann Walton Kroenke. According to Kaplan, Kroenke pitched that proposal last week during a meeting with the NFL Finance Committee, which is overseeing the sales process. The SBJ reported that Kroenke’s proposal included other options, but no specifics were cited.

                        Kroenke owns 40 percent of the Rams and opted to match Shahid Khan’s bid to purchase the controlling 60 percent interest from Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez. But because Kroenke owns the NBA Denver Nuggets and NHL Colorado Avalanche, teams that compete for Denver sports dollars with the NFL Broncos, he is prohibited from owning an NFL franchise in another market.

                        Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Kroenke would likely try to circumvent the rules by selling or transferring the Nuggets and Avs to his wife. And that option is still on the table for consideration, NFL sources say. But Kroenke seems to be exploring every possible angle in an attempt to satisfy the NFL. Kroenke’s apparent willingness to transfer or sell the Rams to his wife is just the latest scenario to be floated.

                        Let’s take a look. Here are some of my initial thoughts:

                        * Ann Kroenke certainly has the money to buy the Rams; she’s listed on the Forbes annual survey of the wealthiest Americans with an estimated worth of $3.2 billion. (Kroenke’s estimated worth is $2.7 billion.) But it isn’t so simple.

                        * The Rams’ ownership agreement stipulates that Stan Kroenke has the right of first refusal on the Rams’ sale. Not Ann Kroenke. Stan Kroenke had the right to match Khan’s bid. Not his wife. So on the surface, how could the NFL allow this?

                        * Or is the NFL willing to compromise by agreeing to let Kroenke match and take over as the 100 percent owner of the Rams as long as he agrees to quickly sell the team to his wife?

                        * Why didn’t Ann Kroenke simply bid for the Rams at the time the Rosenblooms had their 60 percent share on the market? This would have been easier than (A) having Stan Kroenke match Khan and (B) Kroenke having to work around the cross-ownership guidelines. (Likely answer: the Kroenkes didn’t want to get in a bidding battle with Khan that would drive the price up; they probably preferred to wait, let Khan make a reasonable bid, then match. I’m only guessing here.)

                        * Do any of these possible scenarios really satisfy the spirit of the NFL rule on cross ownership? Let’s say Kroenke sells the NHL and NBA teams to his wife, or transfers them to his son, Josh. Fine. But the Nuggets-Avalanche and Pepsi Center revenues would still...
                        -05-11-2010, 12:01 PM
                      • Nick
                        Surprise! Kroenke decides to exercise his matching rights
                        by Nick
                        Surprise! Kroenke decides to exercise his matching rights
                        By Jim Thomas
                        St. Louis Post-Dispatch
                        04.12.2010 6:46 pm

                        Stan Kroenke, the Missouri native and collector of pro sports franchises, is trying to collect another. Kroenke has decided to exercise his matching rights and attempt to purchase the 60 percent share of the team currently owned by Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez

                        Yes, the same 60 percent that Urbana, Ill., businessman Shahid Khan had entered into a sales agreement with Rosenbloom and Rodriquez.

                        As part of Khan’s sales agreement with Rosenbloom and Rodriguez, Kroenke was given 60 days to declare his intentions with respect to his share of the team.

                        Kroenke took it to the wire, taking the full 60 days before making his declaration Monday.
                        -04-12-2010, 05:08 PM