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Demoff dismisses rumor that Rams are for sale

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On the same day former Eagles president Joe Banner expressed an interest in putting together a group that would buy an NFL team, Howard Eskin of NBC 10 and WIP radio floated three possible targets:  the Bills, the Browns, and the Rams.

It’s time to cross the Rams off the list.

Team COO Kevin Demoff said there’s nothing to the talk during a Friday chat conducted via the team’s official website.  “Sometimes reports are so baseless they don’t even merit a response,” Demoff said.  “Stan Kroenke is as excited about this year’s team and the Club’s future as he has been at any point during his ownership tenure.”

It makes sense.  Kroenke spent years as a minority owner of the Rams, and he has only recently acquired full equity in the franchise.  He enjoys a favorable lease situation, which guarantees him either a “first-tier” stadium or the right to move by 2015.  Unless someone plans to offer him a huge windfall, it makes no sense for him to sell.

The Browns also have denied that owner Randy Lerner wants to sell the team.  The Bills are expected to be for sale after the passing of 93-year-old owner Ralph Wilson.

The way Banner explained it, he’ll consider any team that may be for sale, although he prefers a situation in which a turnaround is needed.

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10 Responses to “Demoff dismisses rumor that Rams are for sale”
  1. johnnycash19 says: Jun 9, 2012 5:11 PM

    The Bills are expected to be for sale after the passing of 93-year-old owner Ralph Wilson.
    —————–

    Wow, that was a confusing sentence. It sounded like Ralph Wilson had already passed away.

  2. realitypolice says: Jun 9, 2012 5:54 PM

    Demoff was further quoted as saying “we’re two or three years away from moving into a state of the art stadium in the second largest market in the country where our franchise value will double overnight. You think we’re selling now?”

  3. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jun 9, 2012 8:08 PM

    Demoff was also further quoted stating that “the only person who would post any theory put forward by Howard Eskin must be seeking page hits rather than accuracy.”

    Sound like anyone?

  4. schmitty2 says: Jun 9, 2012 8:08 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Jun 9, 2012 5:54 PM
    Demoff was further quoted as saying “we’re two or three years away from moving into a state of the art stadium in the second largest market in the country where our franchise value will double overnight. You think we’re selling now?”

    I know you love to come on here and show your undying love for a team coming to L.A. Forget all the tv deals, big media market nonsense. The fact is L.A. area people don’t and will not support an NFL franchise- it has already been proven

  5. realitypolice says: Jun 9, 2012 9:33 PM

    @scmitty2:

    And I love people like you who come on here and try to compare the previous 2 situations where LA lost teams to the current NFL environment.

    It shows a glaring lack of comprehension of how the business of the NFL has changed in the decades since there was last a team there.

    Those franchises had terrible stadium situations and dubious ownership situations: one owner that was constantly battling the NFL and that the league hated and one owner that was a crazy lady who consulted astrological charts to make management decisions.

    If you honestly think that the NFL is not going back to LA, you’re a blind man walking around without a cane.

  6. ramdomhaus says: Jun 9, 2012 9:58 PM

    @realitypolice:

    Amen. The NFL will get back to L.A. sooner rather than later. It’s too much $ that will go towards paying off retired players and saving face at the same time.

    HOW-EVER. You talk about the dubious ownership situations, so then you must recognize the Rams current ownership situation:
    Stan Kroenke:
    -Born & Raised in Missouri.
    -Bought a portion of the Rams on the condition the Rams move to St. Louis.
    -His two major empires are HQed in Denver & St. Louis. His quasi-third, Wal-Mart, is in Arkansas – right below Missouri.

    Further, Rodger Goodell voted for St. Louis both times when the league was deciding where the should send expansion franchises when JAX & CAR got their feline teams.

    The Rams’ future in LA will be on the condition that St. Louis makes every wrong move trying to keep the Rams or if somehow, Kroenke sells the Rams IP to any LA team.

    Boom.

  7. flbillsfan says: Jun 9, 2012 11:35 PM

    Ralph may be 93, but he also may live 10 more years or longer. The Bills are NOT for sale & to put them on a for sale list the person doing so is an IDIOT.

  8. keepyerstickontheice says: Jun 10, 2012 12:30 PM

    It’s time to cross the Bills off the list.

    Just give it a rest already.

    I get the same feeling whenever I read Goodell saying the fans want an 18 game season.

  9. NoHomeTeam says: Jun 10, 2012 1:52 PM

    ramdomhaus says: “Further, Rodger Goodell voted for St. Louis both times when the league was deciding where the should send expansion franchises when JAX & CAR got their feline teams.” [citation needed]

  10. warrenpeacephotography says: Jun 11, 2012 3:31 AM

    Who is the picture of? That is one ugly, ugly dude. Good thing he has money.

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