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Stan Kroenke is a member of the league's L.A. stadium committee

When it was first announced that Rams minority owner Stan Kroenke has exercised his right of first refusal regarding the purchase of the 60-percent slice of the franchise that he doesn’t currently own, the first thought was that the Missouri native would keep the team in St. Louis beyond the possible 2015 escape hatch.  Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noticed, however, the Kroenke’s statement didn’t mention anything about the place the team has called home since moving from Los Angeles in 1995.

Now, amid reports that Tim Leiweke of AEG and Casey Wasserman are exploring the possibility of building a stadium adjacent to Staples Center, Howard Balzer of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat reports that Kroenke is a member of the NFL’s Los Angeles Stadium Working Group committee.

Writes Balzer:  “Everyone I mentioned that to Thursday was silent for a few seconds, and then said, ‘Oh, my God.’”

At best for St. Louis, Kroenke is positioned to exert something much stronger leverage to get an acceptable stadium there.  At worst, he’s prepared to load up the truck and move (back) to Beverleeeeee.

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20 Responses to “Stan Kroenke is a member of the league's L.A. stadium committee”
  1. Kevin from Philly says: Apr 16, 2010 9:46 AM

    “Everyone I mentioned that to Thursday was silent for a few seconds, and then said, ‘Oh, my God.’”
    Sounds like the other drunks in his favorite bar were kinda upset.

  2. kuhawks28 says: Apr 16, 2010 10:01 AM

    HA!!! Beverly Hillbillies jokes are so few and far between these days.
    Good stuff.

  3. Cereal Blogger says: Apr 16, 2010 10:05 AM

    Hey officer Kroenke,,,F you !
    Wow, take a look at this guy on google….creepy looking. Watch your kids around him

  4. Mean D says: Apr 16, 2010 10:05 AM

    Can’t blame the guy for wanting to leave that dying cesspool.

  5. NoRingsForYou says: Apr 16, 2010 10:26 AM

    Los Angeles Rams. It has a nice ring to it.

  6. heartstl says: Apr 16, 2010 10:28 AM

    Let me guess, he’s on the committee, along with a representative from every other team in the league. Non story.

  7. PackFanNChiTown says: Apr 16, 2010 10:37 AM

    Give the Rams back to L.A. and let the Jaguars move to St Louis…

  8. jersey73 says: Apr 16, 2010 10:41 AM

    I was a Rams fan since I was a child in the 1970s. I was an L.A. Rams fan and a St. Louis Rams fan.
    If they move back to L.A., I’ll be a L.A. Rams fan.
    But I guess if I lived in the St. Louis area I’d be pissed.

  9. joetoronto says: Apr 16, 2010 11:02 AM

    “At worst, he’s prepared to load up the truck and move (back) to Beverleeeeee.”
    Hills, that is. Swimmin pools, movie stars.

  10. penguininbondage says: Apr 16, 2010 11:05 AM

    Two other things that left St. Louis are sewage and the Donner Party.

  11. Plato's Clay says: Apr 16, 2010 11:33 AM

    Thank God! (says a Vikings fan)

  12. ben6969 says: Apr 16, 2010 12:03 PM

    Packfan has a good point, the Rams belong in LA, and Jacksonville doesnt deserve to have a minor league Cricket team much less an NFL team…

  13. Slow Joe says: Apr 16, 2010 12:24 PM

    Am I crazy, or don’t the Rams play in a new stadium?!? Wasn’t the TWA dome, or whatever the hell it’s called, built when the Rams moved there in 1994? How often does a stupid ass NFL team need a new stadium?
    I’m getting sick of reading how NFL teams hold taxpayers hostage for taxpayer money to build new stadiums. The Bucs opened theirs in 1998. Does this mean they’ll be bitching about their stadium in a few years, too?

  14. Jeffrey Eric Hipple Komlo says: Apr 16, 2010 12:53 PM

    His family has deep ties to Missouri. He has attempted to move other franchises (Grizzlies, Avs) to St. Louis, doubtful that is his modus operandi but serves as (substantial) potential leverage. Money is probably not as big of an issue as he is one of the wealthiest owners in the NFL.

  15. pondbridge says: Apr 16, 2010 12:55 PM

    When Kronke begins to refer to swimming pools
    as “cee-ment ponds”, look out, St. Louis.

  16. KC_Vols says: Apr 16, 2010 1:29 PM

    I hope he moves the Rams out of St. Louis. That city is awful.

  17. AlanSaysYo says: Apr 16, 2010 1:36 PM

    Makes sense for Stan. He’d be moving from a small place where no one cares about football unless the team’s winning, to a big place where no one cares about football unless the team’s winning.
    Face it, St Louis football died when Brenda Warner’s hair left town.

  18. Contra says: Apr 16, 2010 1:39 PM

    Plato’s Clay says:
    April 16, 2010 11:33 AM
    Thank God! (says a Vikings fan)
    ———-
    The Vikings were never going to leave you idiot! Its sites like this one that love to throw that around for clicks. Believe it or not every Viking fan laughs at other fans who believe that nonsense.

  19. BIG BLUE in tx says: Apr 16, 2010 1:56 PM

    Trying to figure out which is the lesser of two evils… LA or St. Louis? Blah… Who cares, I’d love to see them move to LA so the city of St. Louis can get all mad and whine a lot.

  20. NoHomeTeam says: Apr 16, 2010 5:48 PM

    “At worst, Kroenke is positioned to exert something much stronger leverage to get an acceptable stadium in St. Louis. At best, he’s prepared to load up the truck and move (back) to Beverleeeeee.”
    Fixed it for you, Mike. You’ve got to start proofreading before you post.

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