As we predicted a week ago, Stan Kroenke’s takeover of Arsenal made huge headlines overseas but didn’t create a big ripple in the U.S.
While Kroenke is in England Sunday to watch Arsenal take on Liverpool, some concern about Kronke’s varied interests is bubbling up in St. Louis.
“Does he own too many teams? Can he devote enough individual time to the Rams?” Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch asks. (Coincidentally, Miklasz is a big Arsenal fan.)
It’s a fair question. Kroenke says he isn’t a micro-manager, but it’s pretty remarkable he owns the Rams, Arsenal, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, the Colorado Mammoth lacrosse team, the Pepsi Center in Denver, and a regional sports network. Kroenke will technically have to get rid of the other U.S. teams but it looks like they will be transferred within his family.
The two biggest teams (Rams and Arsenal) were purchased recently.
The looming stadium problem in St. Louis is perhaps Kroenke’s biggest concern. The Rams can opt of their current lease in 2014.
“Kroenke will have to be extensively involved in those discussions,” Miklasz writes. “This would be a good time to have his undivided attention.”