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Kroenke makes it to final three for Dodgers

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The man who has owned (and whose family still owns) an NBA and NHL team and who personally owns an NFL team and a soccer team in the English Premier League could soon be adding a Major League Baseball team to his multi-billion-dollar portfolio.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke has made it to the final three bidders for the Dodgers, according to the Los Angeles Times.  The other two finalists consist of a group led by billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen and a group led by former Lakers star Magic Johnson and that includes former baseball executive Stan Kasten.

MLB owners will vote on the three remaining bidders this week, and final negotiations will then proceed with current Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.  The new owner is expected to be named by April 1.

If Kroenke prevails, it will fuel speculation and rumor that the Rams will leave St. Louis after the 2014 season and return to L.A.  At a minimum, Kroenke’s ownership of the Dodgers could create an unusual application of the league rules that prohibit an owner from holding a team in another NFL market, if Kroenke already has a presence in L.A. via the Dodgers and another NFL team relocates there.

In the end, who knows?  There could be a Rosenbloom-Irsay-style franchise swap that would give Kroenke the team that moves to Los Angeles and the owner of the team moving to L.A. the St. Louis Rams.

After the events of the past week, it’s impossible to rule out anything.

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13 Responses to “Kroenke makes it to final three for Dodgers”
  1. doggz109 says: Mar 25, 2012 7:58 AM

    Who cares…….more Tebow.

  2. nflinla says: Mar 25, 2012 8:22 AM

    Rams belong in LA !

  3. sean6886 says: Mar 25, 2012 8:32 AM

    As a Dodger fan, I hope Magic gets them.

  4. vincentbojackson says: Mar 25, 2012 9:45 AM

    The question isn’t what team is going to relocate to LA. The question is, where will that team re-relocate to when LA fan gets bored and quits going after three years?

    We know from the past that LA sports fan has the attention span of a 3 year old.

  5. rollteal says: Mar 25, 2012 10:11 AM

    Well we know that the NFL is bound to put a franchise or 2 back In Los Angeles it sees it as a black eye on the league without it being there. They won’t go another decade without a team there.

  6. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 25, 2012 11:06 AM

    Magic can’t even say the word “Dodgers”

  7. kane337 says: Mar 25, 2012 11:52 AM

    Would be cool to see the Rams back in L.A.

  8. firstandonlywarning says: Mar 25, 2012 12:04 PM

    Only a stupid Dodger fan would hope for Magic Johnson over Kroenke

  9. firstandonlywarning says: Mar 25, 2012 12:07 PM

    Hmmmm lets see Magic Johnson and his friends have pennies compared to Kroeke’s billions and billions.

    Magic and his friends would have limitations on spending

    Stan wouldn’t

    Smarten up

  10. volcanicsauce says: Mar 25, 2012 12:13 PM

    Living Colorado I am a fan of a few of Kroenke’s teams (Avs, Rapids, and Nuggs), however I am not a fan of Kroenke, beware Dodger Fan Kroenke is about the MONEY, and shows no interest in his teams.

  11. jersey73 says: Mar 25, 2012 12:42 PM

    Just swap ownership of the Jags with St. Louis resident Khan. Khan will be happy with the St. Louis Rams and Kroenke can take the Jags to L.A.

  12. mizzouram says: Mar 25, 2012 12:44 PM

    Cohen is gonna get the team. It’s a matter of time.

  13. koufaxmitzvah says: Mar 25, 2012 1:08 PM

    That’s some 3-year-old’s logic, VinnieBo. Considering how Al Davis and Georgia Frontiere took their teams away because they weren’t going to fleece the Southern California local governments and tax brackets for fresh and new stadiums, I can totally understand how a simpleton with a computer and a grudge against the SoCal scene would blame the people of SoCal. Kind of like how I can understand how Geraldo Rivera blames the hoody for Trayvon Martin’s murder, and that dipstick in France blaming Israel for him shooting 3 children in cold blood last week in Toulouse.

    Whine on, little fella.

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