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Concern in St. Louis about Stan Kroenke’s workload

Stan Kroenke AP

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.”

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16 Responses to “Concern in St. Louis about Stan Kroenke’s workload”
  1. Kave Krew says: Apr 17, 2011 12:41 PM

    How poetic would that be –

    In 2015, the teamless LA area now gets 2 NFL team…….the St Louis Rams become the LA Rams…….the San Diego Chargers become the LA Chargers

  2. FinFan68 says: Apr 17, 2011 12:56 PM

    Considering that his workload should consist of hiring the best business managers and the best football guys possible and then back off and write the checks, why would it be that big of an issue?

  3. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Apr 17, 2011 1:05 PM

    1. They just BUILT that stupid stadium. It is seriously not that old. These damn NFL teams are getting spoiled by our municipal governments providing new toys for them!

    2. The best owners don’t micromanage; heck, they don’t even manage. They hire the best people to do that for them.

  4. stampnhawk says: Apr 17, 2011 1:06 PM

    Is that Stan in that picture or did the Unabomber get out of jail and lose the hoody?

  5. thetooloftools says: Apr 17, 2011 1:13 PM

    You don’t get wealthy enough to own that many teams without knowing what your doing.
    I’ll trade you Stan for Randy here in Cleveland in a heartbeat.

  6. packerswambulance says: Apr 17, 2011 1:14 PM

    It’s not too early to start beating the Rams to L.A. drum yet, is it?

  7. hobartbaker says: Apr 17, 2011 3:10 PM

    Stan sold teams to Stanley Kroenke, Stanislaus Kroenke, Stanislav Kroenke, Flat Stanley Kroenke, and S. Kroenke.

  8. getweird4u says: Apr 17, 2011 6:24 PM

    @kavekrew with any help fom mother nature in 2015 la will be gone!Hell on earth

  9. recon163 says: Apr 17, 2011 8:07 PM

    @ getweird4u:

    “@kavekrew with any help fom mother nature in 2015 la will be gone!Hell on earth”

    Well nothing says ‘humanity’ like wishing that 17 million people vanish from the earth. Nice.

  10. cincyeaglefan says: Apr 17, 2011 8:29 PM

    You also forgot he owns the Colorado Rapids. Who just won the MLS cup last year and is the only MLS team without a jersey sponsor.

  11. lasher1650 says: Apr 17, 2011 10:43 PM

    Don’t waste your time with anything that Miklasz writes or says – he is a hack that has lost his fastball. Out of desperation he “broke” the signing of Matt Painter becoming the next head basketball coach at Mizzou . . . Oops Bernie, a veteran scribe like yourself has no business getting played like you did by Painter’s camp in leveraging his new contract. Zero credibility with Miklasz and this story is just another yawner like every other story written by Post Dispatch columnists Miklasz and Burwell. Yawwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnn.

  12. goforthanddie says: Apr 18, 2011 2:15 AM

    “Owning” and “running” have very different meanings.

  13. corneliuscruys says: Apr 18, 2011 3:42 AM

    Kroenke doesn’t actually ‘own’ Arsenal. He is a majority shareholder – he owns about 62%. Last week’s buying of shares trigged a buyout/ownership OFFER, which has been rejected by the other major shareholder (a Russian called Usmanov) and the supporter’s shareholder trust.

    Kroenke was already on the club’s board so not much has actually changed for the moment.

  14. jgrange says: Apr 18, 2011 8:09 PM

    Finally, someone who knows what they’re talking about. Kroenke had to make a bid after buying more than a certain amount of stake in the club. Those offers have been turned down from my understanding. Business resumed as usual.

  15. coopsxx says: Apr 19, 2011 4:54 AM

    Surely the Rams would be a more logical team to move to London if that is the NFL’s ultimate plan.

    Rams need a stadium.

    There owner owns the biggest team in London.

    With a brand new stadium,
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emirates_Stadium

  16. corneliuscruys says: Apr 19, 2011 7:51 AM

    Except that he doesn’t own them and that stadium is a football/soccer stadium that is used from August to May.

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