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New Rams owner might make only short-term commitment to stay in St. Louis

As Rams owners Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez continue to assess the offers they have received for the 60-percent share of the team they inherited from their mother, the late Georgia Frontiere, Howard Balzer of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat reports that a decision could be made by March 5, the start of the 2010 league year.

And the leading offer, according to Balzer, entails only a short-term commitment to keep the team in St. Louis.  The Rams’ lease at the Edward Jones Dome contains a provision that allows the team to leave if the stadium is not within the top 25 percent of the league’s venues by March 2015.  Presumably, the new owner would be permitted to move the team if the improvements are not made prior to the deadline.

Per Balzer, the leading offer also covers the 40-percent stake held by Stan Kroenke, and the bidder is prepared to pay $725 million in cash for the team.

KTRS radio in St. Louis reports (via Balzer) that the bid currently under consideration did not come from the group led by Dave Checketts, owner of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues.

Prior reports have indicated that three bids were submitted, and that Rosenbloom and Rodriguez ultimately could decide to keep the team.

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23 Responses to “New Rams owner might make only short-term commitment to stay in St. Louis”
  1. Chapnasty2 says: Jan 28, 2010 5:22 PM

    I bet Limbaugh would have done everything to keep the team in St. Louis.

  2. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Jan 28, 2010 5:23 PM

    Something about the Los Angeles Rams just has a certain ring to it?

  3. nfcbeast says: Jan 28, 2010 5:23 PM

    Back to LA!
    Hey, that metal trashcan in my garage will actually be accurate again….just a few decades later.

  4. Cereal Blogger says: Jan 28, 2010 5:24 PM

    St Louis is a baseball city. The new owner should move the org back to LA & rename the team the Los Angeles Bulldogs. In 1937 the LA Bulldogs went 8-0 & won the AFL championship.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_Bulldogs

  5. PatricktheDookie says: Jan 28, 2010 5:25 PM

    Definitely Los Angeles.

  6. WillyDuer says: Jan 28, 2010 5:25 PM

    Good. Move them to LA, freshen up the dome, and bring the Jags into town. Solves two problems and doesn’t require re-aligning the divisions.

  7. WashingtonRedstorms says: Jan 28, 2010 5:25 PM

    Los Angeles Rams 2011
    One down, now who will be the AFC team?

  8. Bwa Ha Ha says: Jan 28, 2010 5:26 PM

    Limbaugh would have moved them to a compound in Idaho

  9. KILLER FIN says: Jan 28, 2010 5:36 PM

    L.A. RAMS AGAIN!!!

  10. WashingtonRedstorms says: Jan 28, 2010 5:51 PM

    Bring back the old Ram colors.
    Blue and White.
    Or the Fred Dryer -Wendall Tyler- Blue and Yellow’s….
    Please dump the current uniforms.

  11. heartstl says: Jan 28, 2010 5:51 PM

    They just want to use the lease as leverage to get some dome improvements. The current owners do the same thing.

  12. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Jan 28, 2010 6:00 PM

    Per Balzer, the leading offer also covers the 40-percent stake held by Stan Kroenke, and the bidder is prepared to pay $725 million in cash for the team.
    ==========================================
    Bouya! That’s some serious coin for the kids, in cash too.

  13. Omega says: Jan 28, 2010 6:30 PM

    The LA Rams were the Cleveland Rams until that upstart team the Browns came to rule Cleveland

  14. slipkid says: Jan 28, 2010 6:51 PM

    i think yer right, chap. they dont like him, but they knew he would keep the team in MO. been saying that all along.
    roski and roger are getting that team moved back to LA. or hell, even london. mark it down.

  15. DJSlyBri says: Jan 28, 2010 6:58 PM

    The Rams should have never left LA to begin with.

  16. 6250claimer says: Jan 28, 2010 7:15 PM

    LA Rams. NOT Orange County this time, that was an epic fail. Straight back to LA to Ed Roski’s new stadium, that WILL be built.
    And bring back the blue & yellow uni’s too. They were kinda hideous, but somehow looked proper. The “new” duds are just that – duds.

  17. d.b.cooper says: Jan 28, 2010 7:27 PM

    Those blue and white LA Ram uniforms from the Roman Gabriel era looked great.

  18. Gelardia says: Jan 28, 2010 8:08 PM

    $725 million in cash.
    Anyone wanna guess who the bidder is? Here’s a hint:
    http://www.forbes.com/lists/2009/54/rich-list-09_The-400-Richest-Americans_Rank_16.html

  19. gringostroika says: Jan 28, 2010 8:15 PM

    After growing up with the Rams… After so many losing playoff games in the 70s, when they made the playoffs just because the rest of the NFC West sucked so hard… After supporting them through the 80s even though the Lambs sucked so hard… After having my heart ripped out when they upped and left LA… After Georgia only spent money to make them a Super Bowl winner only AFTER they left LA… Y’know what, after all that the Rams are totally unforgiveable, and their record over the past 5 years only proves it… So DON’T come back to LA… send ‘em to LONDON and be done with it!! The farther the better! (London Lambs has a certain ring to it, don’t it?)

  20. heartstl says: Jan 28, 2010 8:53 PM

    Checketts only chance to get the team was by declaring that he would keep the team in St. Louis no matter what. He didn’t have the money that they wanted, but knew they were looking for someone to keep the team in St. Louis.
    That really didn’t make smart business sense. The leading bidder is playing his cards right by letting the dome evaluation process run its course. If he does buy the team, he will have leverage to get improvements to The Edward Jones Dome.
    Georgia and her kids never made bold promises for the same reason.

  21. Mike Rendahl says: Jan 28, 2010 9:53 PM

    The demands from greedy NFL owners never end. God forbid that teams be owned by the fans as in Green Bay, that would ONLY make too much sense. It’s all about 32 controlling Owners who love to control the emotions of 100 Million sports fans throughout the world.

  22. laramsfanatic says: Jan 28, 2010 10:12 PM

    bring the team back to LA and Nolan Cromwell!!! He is a proven great coach- great player! (4 super bowls) Add Jackie Slater to the mix on offense… Henry Ellard and Jack Youngblood! The list can go on and on…

  23. Complete Fan says: Jan 29, 2010 11:29 AM

    “Los Angeles Rams 2011
    One down, now who will be the AFC team?”
    Maybe Al Davis …

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