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Kroenke could be making a bid for the Dodgers

File photo of Los Angeles Dodgers before their Opening Day MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles Reuters

Stan Kroenke owns the St. Louis Rams.  And the English soccer club Arsenal.  He also owns, through family members, the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.

But he doesn’t own a baseball team.  Yet.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Kroenke has “explored” the possibility of joining the bidding for the L.A. Dodgers.

Though the process, with more than 10 candidates to purchase the team from Frank McCourt, is far from complete, a successful effort by Kroenke to buy the Dodgers could be regarded as the first tangible step toward moving the Rams to Los Angeles.

And here’s where things get even more interesting.  If Kroenke owns the Dodgers and another team moves to Los Angeles, how would the NFL’s cross-ownership rules apply?  Currently, an owner of an NFL team can own a non-football team in another market as long as there’s no NFL team in that market.  If Kroenke buys a baseball team in Los Angeles, which would be permissible, and then an NFL team other than the one owned by Kroenke moves there, the situation could get dicey, to say the least.

We’ve asked the league for clarification of the manner in which the cross-ownership rules would apply in this situation.

It may be that Kroenke would merely be required at that point to transfer the paperwork of the Dodgers to another family member.  Regardless, it would be hard not to view a purchase of the Dodgers as a potential precursor to moving the Rams to the same town.

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39 Responses to “Kroenke could be making a bid for the Dodgers”
  1. eddiemeredith says: Jan 25, 2012 9:08 PM

    I don’t know what this multi-billonaire tycoon doesn’t understand, Jeff Fisher doesn’t want to move to LA and pay the extortionate California taxes.
    LOL

  2. numberoneinthehoodg says: Jan 25, 2012 9:11 PM

    It’s just paperwork. Bud Selig\Brewers, etc…. You’ve already stated how he’s parlayed the system so what’s another step?

    And money. We’re stupid, but not that stupid.

  3. beavertonsteve says: Jan 25, 2012 9:20 PM

    Why would the NFL make an owner sell another team just someone moves into their existing market? So, the NFL would tell Paul Allen he has to sell the TrailBlazers because the Vikings want to move to Portland? I highly doubt that would go over too well…

  4. 2difshoe says: Jan 25, 2012 9:20 PM

    Put this on HBT !

    This is PFT, no fluff baseball stories here.

    Lame story at best !

  5. nobisoreal says: Jan 25, 2012 9:24 PM

    By this logic shouldn’t he move the Denver Nuggets to St. Louis? Or the Avalanche to england? Man you guys are praying that all this crap flung on the wall eventually pays off aren’t you.

  6. commandercornpone says: Jan 25, 2012 9:25 PM

    or… introducing YOUR st. louis dodgers!

    st. loo used to have 2 baseball teams. let’s do it again…

  7. stevenfbrackett says: Jan 25, 2012 9:30 PM

    Why does buying an LA baseball team mean he is any bit closer to moving the Rams to LA? It isn’t like any of his other two teams are even in the same state much less the same city.

  8. 90suhperbowl90 says: Jan 25, 2012 9:35 PM

    Why not purchase the NFL while you’re at it.

  9. GG Eden says: Jan 25, 2012 9:40 PM

    Here’s a hot tip to bookmark…

    Kroenke will announce the Rams moving to LA very soon. Playing out of the Coliseum until a stadium from the winning LA bid is built.

  10. berniemadoffsides says: Jan 25, 2012 9:43 PM

    What’s baseball…?

  11. rcali says: Jan 25, 2012 9:43 PM

    That’s okay Rams fans. You at least got a Superbowl victory while you had a team there.

  12. uberniner says: Jan 25, 2012 9:44 PM

    Rams to LA. Renewal of great 49ers rivalry.

    Bring it on!

  13. fcoprado says: Jan 25, 2012 9:47 PM

    Nice to see my team’s owner has deep pockets

  14. adantsa says: Jan 25, 2012 9:48 PM

    Stan Kroenke owns the St. Louis Rams. And the English soccer club Arsenal. He also owns, through family members, the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Jeeeeeeeeezus.

  15. FinFan68 says: Jan 25, 2012 9:49 PM

    Aren’t the Colorado Avalanche and the Denver Nuggets in the Denver Broncos market. If that is not a problem, how is a baseball team a problem? Is he out of family members?

  16. govtminion says: Jan 25, 2012 9:50 PM

    I’d like to see him (his son anyway) run the hockey team they own like they give a damn rather than see him go get ANOTHER franchise to ignore and fumble into oblivion.

  17. donttazemebro says: Jan 25, 2012 9:51 PM

    oh great so then they will be playing in London by 2016.

  18. thejabronisayz says: Jan 25, 2012 9:54 PM

    Here’s a thought: maybe Kroenke bidding on the Dodgers is evidence that he is NOT thinking of moving the Rams to LA.

    Let’s face it, Kroenke is a smart guy; I am sure that he is aware of the current cross-ownership rule that prohibits owning a baseball team and a football team located in the same market. Therefore, if he is thinking of bidding on the Dodgers, a team located in LA, then theoretically this would (or should) cast substantial doubt over his desire to move the Rams to LA – which he would be UNABLE to do if he purchased the Dodgers.

  19. stl45fan says: Jan 25, 2012 10:01 PM

    Fisher was hired because he ALREADY has experience with coaching a team that picked up and moved.

  20. spellingcops says: Jan 25, 2012 10:03 PM

    IMO, top three teams with about an equal chance of going to LA: Rams, Raiders, & Chargers.

  21. rollteal says: Jan 25, 2012 10:03 PM

    “Moving the Rams to Los Angeles.”
    I have feeling that hip statement back in 1946.

  22. cereal blogger says: Jan 25, 2012 10:05 PM

    Somewhere Bud Selig is nodding off with a glass of warm buttermilk at his bedside

  23. mrgroovesd says: Jan 25, 2012 10:10 PM

    Great! This helps end any talk of the Bolts moving up north. LOL

  24. phillyphever says: Jan 25, 2012 10:19 PM

    How the hell can he afford to own all those teams?

  25. lolb23 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:27 PM

    London Dodgers

  26. thefiesty1 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:45 PM

    Baseball? I thought this was a football site. When the NFL starts playing 160 meaningless games then I might care about who may or may not own the Dodgers.

  27. ryballa22 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:51 PM

    I bet Kroenke not only has his eye on the Dodgers but also the surrounding grounds around Dodger Stadium. The grounds are not included in the sale but are owned by Frank McCourt. I think he would then build new stadiums for the Rams and Dodgers at that site. You heard it here first.

  28. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 25, 2012 10:52 PM

    He already owns one LA team, why not another?

  29. roamingabriel says: Jan 25, 2012 11:03 PM

    stevenfbrackett says:
    Jan 25, 2012 9:30 PM
    Why does buying an LA baseball team mean he is any bit closer to moving the Rams to LA? It isn’t like any of his other two teams are even in the same state much less the same city.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Well, for one thing it gives him a stadium the Rams can play in. Where he owns everything.

    Either on a transitional basis or it could possibly be modified for long term?????????

  30. stl45fan says: Jan 25, 2012 11:13 PM

    How the hell can he afford to own all those teams?

    —————————————————

    WALMART !!

  31. roamingabriel says: Jan 25, 2012 11:17 PM

    phillyphever says:
    Jan 25, 2012 10:19 PM
    How the hell can he afford to own all those teams?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Awwwwwwww, They turn a profit???

    I guess all you people that go to Walmart in the mid-west are responsible for created the monster…

    Also, I’ve been to Dodger stadium 100 times and I don’t know if two stadiums will fit there. I would think one multi use is better. And he could conceivably get the Raiders or another team to play there also.

    He seems pretty ambitious…

    Interesting…

  32. henryholland666 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:21 PM

    Another possibility: he buys the Dodgers but doesn’t build an NFL stadium in Chavez Ravine but instead moves the Rams in to the stadium that AEG wants to build by Staples.

  33. goldrush36 says: Jan 26, 2012 2:54 AM

    stevenfbrackett says:
    Jan 25, 2012 9:30 PM
    Why does buying an LA baseball team mean he is any bit closer to moving the Rams to LA? It isn’t like any of his other two teams are even in the same state much less the same city.

     _______________________________________________

    so Denver Nuggets aren’t in Colorado with the Avelanche? Damn and all this time I thought I did well in geography. @finfan68 he “signed over” those teams to family members to comply with NFL marketing rules. Although he is still technically the owner the paperwork doean’t say so

  34. qj1984 says: Jan 26, 2012 5:34 AM

    It would be in the NFLs best interest to make an exemption. That court case would be tied up in court for years and the NFL will probably end up doing that anyway.

  35. GG Eden says: Jan 26, 2012 7:28 AM

    How the hell can he afford to own all those teams?

    —————————————————

    WALMART !!

    ————-

    Also, he married into it.

  36. kevpft says: Jan 26, 2012 8:42 AM

    This ‘sign the team’s ownership to a family member’ thing is garbage. Completely circumvents the intent of the policy, which immediately has no teeth if it’s that easy to get around it.

    What good has come from anything Kroenke’s owned? Ask the people in his home of Columbia, MO, where he’s turned a prominent downtown shopping area into an unsightly dumping ground for industrial equipment and building materials, which has been a violation of city ordinances for years, but the local government there has meekly avoided any action on it.

    Just another “super-citizen” for whom us and our world are just toys in his toybox.

  37. umrguy42 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:21 AM

    “Therefore, if he is thinking of bidding on the Dodgers, a team located in LA, then theoretically this would (or should) cast substantial doubt over his desire to move the Rams to LA – which he would be UNABLE to do if he purchased the Dodgers.”

    Umm, why would he be unable to do so? And if he has the MLB and NFL teams in the same city, he’s not in violation of the cross-ownership rule.

  38. ebeg420 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:56 AM

    He might own a lot of teams…..but they ALL stink!!!

  39. simon94022 says: Jan 26, 2012 9:02 PM

    The Rams belong in LA.

    Sooner or later, LA will recover both the Rams and the Chargers.

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