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    No chance of a comeback
    By Dane Watkins / January 21st, 2015
    Between the two of us, my father and I have witnessed nearly every moment of the pitiful pro football on display in St. Louis over the past 55 years, first with the Cardinals, and then with the Rams. But for the first time in my life, we will not be renewing our season tickets with the Rams.

    The Rams have broken my heart year after year, disappointed me, and left me wondering why I spend my money and my time watching them play. It’s been a part of my life since I was three years old.

    Unfortunately, recent events have changed all that. I never thought I would stop watching the Rams, but what transpired over the past few weeks was too much to endure.

    Stan Kroenke, owner of the Rams, has decided the team will be playing football in Los Angeles soon. While nothing is official yet, the Rams are as good as gone.

    Kroenke has the money (he’s one of the richest human beings on the planet, and his wife “Princess Wal-Mart” is worth more than him), he has the land (a however-many-acre plot in Inglewood, California with space not only for a stadium but room to develop parking lots and mini malls to accompany the field and fatten his wallet) and he has the team.

    People have tried telling me not to worry—that it’s presumptuous to think the Rams will leave, that there’s no need to fret yet. They say the NFL has ruled out submissions to relocate in 2015—true, but not in 2016. They say the NFL owners wanted to control the LA market and that they don’t trust or like Kroenke. They say the NFL’s own bylaws prohibit a team from re-locating unless they have negotiated “in good faith” with the home city. They say it’s too early to say anything for certain.

    Please. To believe the Rams will be in St. Louis in five years is incredibly naïve.

    Firstly, the other NFL owners may not like Kroenke, but they do like money. And a team in LA would mean more money for them.

    The NFL has owned the LA market for 20 years and done virtually nothing with it. Never before has such a viable owner, location and team been available for relocation.

    It’s hard to move a team to Los Angeles; the real-estate market is a mess and the taxes are astronomical. But Kroenke already has the land, and can afford the taxes. They might not like him, but he can make them more money. A team in the second-biggest TV market in the United States will bring in more cash than a team in St. Louis. It’s simple and unfortunate math. If the LA Clippers are worth $2 billion, how high might the Rams’ stock rise if they were to move?

    As for the NFL’s bylaws, they aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. They were designed to keep people from owning professional sports teams in different franchises and thus tamper with different markets.

    But the NFL is already making exceptions for Kroenke in terms of their “bylaws.” When Kroenke bought the Rams in 2010, he already owned professional sports teams in another market: Denver. He owns the Avalanche, the Nuggets, and the Major League Soccer team the Rapids. This means Kroenoke has violated the NFL’s cross-ownership laws multiple times.

    To get around this, Kroenke bequeathed the teams to his son and daughter. How very generous of him. The NFL didn’t call him on this nonsense (it’s been four years), so to believe he has to negotiate in “good faith” with St. Louis is preposterous.

    Besides, he already has a plan to deal with the pesky people who remind him of the relatively strong support in St. Louis. He’s alienated every fan with his plans in LA. The Rams will play 2015 in St. Louis in a nearly-empty dome. And then Kroenke will claim he has no support and will have to leave.

    It’s amazing how transparent his plan is, but I’ve seen this movie before. (Maybe you have too—it’s called Major League.) If the NFL does stand up to Kroenke, he won’t hesitate to sue. And the NFL wouldn’t want to face a lawsuit. They’ve had enough bad PR lately.

    Kroenke will throw money at the appropriate people (the Spanos family in San Diego comes to mind), and he will get what he wants. Multi-billionaires tend to get that.

    And to those who look to Gov. Jay Nixon’s stadium task force leaders Dave Peacock and Bob Blitz to save the day: You need to adjust your expectations. Is it a nice drawing? Yes. But where is the money behind it? It’s mostly public money. If the public is called on to raise taxes to fund a new stadium, (for the second time in 20 years) the initiative will fail.

    Furthermore, Peacock has already claimed the stadium needs an investment of at least $200 million from an NFL owner. They won’t get a dime from Kroenke.

    Even worse, the city doesn’t even own all of the land necessary for the plan to work, and they plan for the stadium to be publicly operated. Why would Kroenke (who loves money) agree to lease a stadium that isn’t his in a city like St. Louis, when he can own a stadium and all of the amenities around it in a city like Los Angeles? Kroenke made his money in real estate. He buys land. He develops land. He does not lease.

    My dad and I left the final Rams game against the Giants a few minutes early. We were rounding a concourse when we saw the Rams block a field goal against New York on the Jumbotron. We had the ball back with only moments remaining. Just the faintest chance of a comeback. I asked my dad if we could stop and see the end of the game. I wanted to see. Even then, I still believed. Maybe the Rams had a miracle up their sleeves.

    They didn’t. Shaun Hill fumbled the snap from shotgun and the Giants recovered. I had to laugh. I was such a sucker. But not anymore.

  • #2
    Re: No chance of a comeback

    Kleenex are on sale on aisle #3.
    The restoration is complete!

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    • #3
      Re: No chance of a comeback

      Here we go. Lame duck status officially underway.

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      • #4
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        What a loser. Go cry elsewhere.

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        • #5
          Re: No chance of a comeback

          I'm really not trying to be provocative but why isn't there more frustration with the local politicos for the insanely inequitable original deal that brought The Rams to STL and the years-long dragging of their feet to find a solution to this foreseeable crisis ?

          If you accept that Kroenke & the NFL will make their moves based on biz criteria like this blogger/fan clearly does, don't you have to look to the other side of the negotiation table? Those are the guys who were supposed to have the backs of the general population, inc fans, and be aware of the longterm wider municipal economics, no ? I dunno who originally put the expansion plan together in STL & invested in it ( Kroenke was among them,iirc) but it seems to me they panicked & screwed the local folks to make sure they got their money back.

          I also question whether a team in LA is what the NFL even wants. A consistently competitive one might be attractive financially to maintain/boost tv ratings but I find it hard to believe the greedy-ass old men of the NFL wouldn't have replaced The Rams or Raiders by now if it were profitable to do so with just any team. I think the NFL is fine with having the freedom to show whatever game will max their tv profit in the LA market. All their blather about keeping the Rams in STL for the good of the city/fans is BS,imo.

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          • #6
            Re: No chance of a comeback

            Originally posted by Azul e Oro View Post
            I also question whether a team in LA is what the NFL even wants. A consistently competitive one might be attractive financially to maintain/boost tv ratings but I find it hard to believe the greedy-ass old men of the NFL wouldn't have replaced The Rams or Raiders by now if it were profitable to do so with just any team. I think the NFL is fine with having the freedom to show whatever game will max their tv profit in the LA market. All their blather about keeping the Rams in STL for the good of the city/fans is BS,imo.
            The problem the NFL is going to run into soon, if it hasn't already, is they've used LA for 20 years as leverage to help owners get favorable stadium deals. Eventually if you hold that bluff for so long you'll get called on it. And as we look now the Chargers and the Raiders are both having a hard time getting a deal done even with the LA threat there. One thing I can see Kroenke negotiating as part of the move is a deal where any money he'd be entitled to with the NFL's stadium fun(called G4?) would go to San Diego so they could double dip into the fund. This helps Spanos fun a stadium and removes his votes against Kroenke. Kroenke obviously doesn't need the money, though truthfully neither does Spanos. Both teams win and get new stadiums. Now other cities have seen that the NFL will move a team to LA if the situation is right. Now they move the bluff/leverage card from moving a team to LA to "well LA can support two teams". If it plays out this way Kroenke gets what he wants, Spanos gets what he wants, the NFL gets what they want on many fronts and they work this out among themselves and keeps the NFL from getting another black eye in the courts if they try to litigate this.
            The restoration is complete!

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            • #7
              Re: No chance of a comeback

              Originally posted by Mikey View Post
              Kleenex are on sale on aisle #3.
              Ha. I say that about the Ram fanbase that continues to ***** about Super Bowl XXXVI.

              Troy Brown recently said it best, Get over it.

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              • #8
                Re: No chance of a comeback

                OK, I don't know who wrote this (orginally), but I have seen it on Facebook, as well.

                It's pathetic. Not only is the "author" needing some serious help with issues, they clearly never looked at the stadium proposal or anything else.

                It's a horribly written attempt by someone who either hates football, or hates the Rams calling St. Louis home.

                Let's look at a couple of things:

                Firstly, the other NFL owners may not like Kroenke, but they do like money. And a team in LA would mean more money for them.
                Wrong. If this assumption were true, there have been MANY chances for the NFL to be in LA. For instance, there was a chance for an expansion team - and LA was not chosen. Then there have been existing teams - the Seahawks, the Vikings, the Colts, the Bills, the Bengals - over HALF of the teams in the NFL. So, if having a team in the LA market were so lucrative, it would have clearly happened at least ONCE in the past 20 years.

                But where is the money behind it? It’s mostly public money. If the public is called on to raise taxes to fund a new stadium, (for the second time in 20 years) the initiative will fail.
                This statement alone tells me that the person who wrote this "article" (which is more of a whiny opinion than anything) never bothered to read the new stadium proposal or he's deliberately trying to mislead people. The proposal clearly states the following:
                Financials
                Estimated costs:
                Land / Demolition $90M-$110M
                Stadium construction $600M-$650M
                Parking / Infrastructure needs $170M-$225M
                Total $860M-$985M
                Private sources:
                NFL team ownership $200M-$250M
                NFL (committed to match up to $200M through G4 program) $200M
                Total $400M-$450M
                Potential public sources (all contingent on private financing):
                Bond extension $300M-$350m
                MDFB support $15M-$25M
                Brownfield tax credits $25M-$30M
                Seat license proceeds $120M-$130M
                Total $460M-$535M
                Nowhere does it say one single word about raising taxes or even anything remotely similar.

                Perhaps there should be a fact-check done on all these "articles" being presented to the local media...
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                RAMS!

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                • #9
                  Re: No chance of a comeback

                  Originally posted by Azul e Oro View Post
                  I'm really not trying to be provocative but why isn't there more frustration with the local politicos for the insanely inequitable original deal that brought The Rams to STL and the years-long dragging of their feet to find a solution to this foreseeable crisis ?

                  If you accept that Kroenke & the NFL will make their moves based on biz criteria like this blogger/fan clearly does, don't you have to look to the other side of the negotiation table? Those are the guys who were supposed to have the backs of the general population, inc fans, and be aware of the longterm wider municipal economics, no ? I dunno who originally put the expansion plan together in STL & invested in it ( Kroenke was among them,iirc) but it seems to me they panicked & screwed the local folks to make sure they got their money back.
                  This. This. A thousand times This.

                  We knew the stadium issue was coming. It's been talked about for years. And yet St Louis hasn't done or said anything about it until AFTER the announcement to build a stadium in LA. People in St Louis rip Silent Stan, but they should be ripping Silent St Louis
                  @EssexRam_

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                  • #10
                    Re: No chance of a comeback

                    Originally posted by tomahawk247 View Post
                    This. This. A thousand times This.

                    We knew the stadium issue was coming. It's been talked about for years. And yet St Louis hasn't done or said anything about it until AFTER the announcement to build a stadium in LA. People in St Louis rip Silent Stan, but they should be ripping Silent St Louis
                    Don't confuse fans in St. Louis with politicians in St. Louis.
                    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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                    • #11
                      Re: No chance of a comeback

                      Originally posted by GreatestShow99 View Post
                      Ha. I say that about the Ram fanbase that continues to ***** about Super Bowl XXXVI.

                      Troy Brown recently said it best, Get over it.
                      It seems funny to see you post this, while looking at your user name and avatar. You've really flipped the switch, which is too bad.

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by HUbison View Post
                        Don't confuse fans in St. Louis with politicians in St. Louis.
                        I'm not. When i refer to "St Louis" in my post i mean those in charge
                        @EssexRam_

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                        • #13
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                          Yeah, this article is a pretty lame attempt at generating criticism against the Rams. And the reference to Major League! bah, anybody who's anybody knows Major League was about Georgia Frontiere moving the Rams out of LA; just like Rockstar was originally about Tim the Ripper Owens and Judas Priest. Sure it's not 100% accurate but what movie is? Certainly, neither is this article. Next!

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                          • #14
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                            As a RAM fan, where they play makes NO DIFFERENCE to me. If you are a fan of a city, then perhaps you are a fan of "insert name."

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                            • #15
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                              Originally posted by GreatestShow99 View Post
                              The Rams will play 2015 in St. Louis in a nearly-empty dome. And then Kroenke will claim he has no support and will have to leave.
                              Last time I bought tickets and made the trip (2003), I wound up in row VV in the corner, largely surrounded by Cowboys' fans. Maybe I should make the trip out this year if I can get the lower deck!

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                                Bernie: Way too early to panic about Rams ..
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                                When word got out that the Rams had been contacted by the group that's trying to recruit an NFL team for Los Angeles, it caused a wave of panic in St. Louis.

                                This apparently was headline news. Judging by the way the story was played up by St. Louis television stations, you would have thought a fleet of moving vans was out at Rams Park, loading up Sam Bradford and the team's other worldly possessions for an immediate transfer to LA.

                                But really, was anyone really shocked? Los Angeles obviously wants an NFL franchise to anchor a massive stadium project there. The Rams are one of several NFL teams drawing attention from LA for obvious reasons.

                                This isn't exactly a covert CIA operation. Teams with stadium issues in their home markets are being targeted. The Rams qualify; they'll probably be free to vacate their Edward Jones Dome lease after the 2014 season.

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                                And if billionaire Philip Anschutz — the billionaire behind the LA project — wants a team, the Rams may be the wrong fit. He's apparently looking to purchase a team as part of moving it to LA.

                                Why would Kroenke want to sell the Rams to Anschutz? Kroenke helped bring the Rams to St. Louis in 1995 by stepping forward to become Georgia Frontiere's ownership partner and buying 40 percent of the team.

                                Kroenke patiently hung on to that 40 percent share for 15 years, until he finally had the chance to buy full control of the Rams. But before becoming the owner, Kroenke had to work out a complicated arrangement with the NFL to get around the league's rules prohibiting cross ownership.

                                Kroenke has owned the Rams for less than a year. Buying his way into the NFL inner circle of owners was obviously an important quest for Kroenke. So after going through 15 years of waiting to make it happen, why would Kroenke want to give up his seat in the owners' circle?

                                This makes no sense. And Kroenke is a buyer and a collector, not a seller. Just look at all of the sports properties he's purchased or developed: the NFL Rams, the NBA Denver Nuggets, the NHL Colorado Avalanche, the Pepsi Center in Denver, the MLS Colorado Rapids, a soccer stadium in Colorado, a pro lacrosse team in Colorado, and the Arsenal soccer club in the English Premier League.

                                Sure, Kroenke could try to move the team without selling it. But in my conversations with Kroenke, he has consistently and repeatedly stated...
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