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.