Stan Kroenke welcomes a competitor to town

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It’s a weird time for the Rams. On one hand, they have finagled 10 (and maybe one of these days 12) more events per year at the $2 billion stadium they’ll built without public money. On the other hand, they have a competitor in their own building.

So when Rams owner Stan Kroenke welcomes the Chargers to town, Kroenke is doing so at least through partially gritted teeth.

“We welcome the Chargers and look forward to working with them to provide NFL fans in the region and throughout the world with an unparalleled experience at the LA Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park,” Kroenke said in a statement released Thursday evening. “Our mission is to create a year-round global sports entertainment destination and this is another step in achieving that goal.”

He’s right, but the Rams also have a goal of being the top team in the market. The Chargers have that goal, too. And the reality is that one of those teams eventually will become the Lakers and the other will become the Clippers.

With their one-year head start and non-amateurish logo, the Rams have the early edge. Whether they keep it and build upon it will hinge on which of the two teams more quickly develops a competitive on-field presence.

At some point, however, it could be that Kroenke’s team will be second fiddle in his own stadium.

39 responses to “Stan Kroenke welcomes a competitor to town

  1. The league has been itching to get the league back in LA for 20 years, and the two teams they end up putting there are currently unwatchable.
    There will be no more LA card to play, and given the thud this dud has gone over with, the owners leverage over cities to build stadiums on the taxpayer back has severely weakened.

  2. ten·ant
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    a person who occupies land or property rented from a landlord.

    But they might compete once every 4 years. But Rog in his infinite wisdom will probably schedule that game to be played in London.

  3. Not really competition since the ‘Chargers’ are playing in a 30,000 seat capacity stadium. Both terrible teams needing to get younger as even the Rams’ defense will be too old by the time the offense catches up, if ever.

  4. Rams rule this town. It’s gonna be great to have suxteeen NFL games a year st Stan’s palace and to be able to get Charger’s tickets on the cheap when I want to go an interesting team that isn’t onthe ram’sschedule.

  5. Give the long time in which it was a no fiddle town, the operative question is how long before it becomes a one, then none fiddle town. It’s a town where image means everything and if you aren’t a front-runner, you are done.

    Spanos’ short sightedness in burning over 500 million in relocation extortion, err fees, to rush into this dubious market in order to be a tenant in Stan-World is insane.

  6. Messing with Spanos will become Kroenke’s favorite hobby. They reportedly hate each other and it won’t get any better with the homeless Chargers paying steep rent to sleep on the couch in Kroenke’s fancy new stadium. The way Spanos negotiates it’ll still probably still say RAMS in the endzone for Chargers home games.

  7. The way LA works. Lakers suck everyone watches the Clippers. It’s currently happenening today. If the Charger come in and make the playoffs next year and the Rams finish below .500 again. The people of LA will bandwagon over to the Chargers the same way they did the Clippers. Kreonke is taking a huge risk as the chargers have more pieces in place to be better all around. Don’t get me wrong the defense is really good, but outside of Gurley the Rams got nothing. And I don’t care what people say Jared Goff is a bust, we found that on hard Knox when he couldn’t even get the playbook down and it’s terminology. Now he has a new coach coming in with new terminology.

  8. 506 Sports @506sports

    As for what this means for TV in LA – good luck ever seeing the top late doubleheader game there again. See San Francisco.

  9. He loves competition… as long as it’s not the Raiders, who would quickly ruin whatever competitive juices Kroenke is feeling at the moment.

  10. Was he laughing when he said that? Calling the Chargers competition is like naming Pee Wee Herman as the next opponent for the MMA Heavyweight championship bout. Spanos is a joke and Kroenke probably realizes the Chargers will show all their fans how terrible the organization is and decide to watch the Rams and never again by a ticket to watch the Chargers and Spanos. I think Spanos is making a big mistake. Next time you hear from him he’ll be crying about how much money he’s losing and ask the NFL to give him money.

  11. Stan never wanted this outcome. He always wanted LA all to himself. I couldn’t imagine the terms that he’s spelled out for the Chargers. It no wonder the Raiders wanted to go to Las Vegas or San Antonio, or anywhere but be Stan’s tenant in LA.

  12. The Chargers LA logo looks amateurish. My granddaughter doodling with Crayons could do a better job. Anybody know what Spanos is paying for rent in Kroenkes stadium? What a disastrous move! I read where Rivers might retire. 8 kids in schools with friends, local church, community, etc. Maybe they can trade for Jared Goff.

  13. manipuraram says:
    Jan 13, 2017 10:20 AM

    Rams rule this town. It’s gonna be great to have suxteeen NFL games a year st Stan’s palace and to be able to get Charger’s tickets on the cheap when I want to go an interesting team that isn’t onthe ram’sschedule.

    Rule this town…are you serious? I’m as die hard as fan there is and by the end of the season 3 quarters of the fans were practically running out of the Coliseum in the 3rd quarter because the team was so lousy.

  14. LA fans should not get too excited about Kronke. He owns an NBA team and NHL team. He obviously owned the St Louis (now LA) Rams. What do they all have in common???

    They all suck. And they have for quite some time. Kronke does not, and I repeat, does not give a rats ass about winning. It is 100% a business to him and nothing else.

  15. LA fans should not get too excited about Kronke. He owns an NBA team and NHL team. He obviously owned the St Louis (now LA) Rams. What do they all have in common???

    They all suck. And they have for quite some time. Kronke does not, and I repeat, does not give a rats ass about winning. It is 100% a business to him and nothing else.

  16. Are they really in competition? They both cannot play on the same day, so if the Chargers were not there, the stadium would be empty.

    They both play in different divisions and conferences. This means football fans of neither team (and LA is a town of transplants) will have more opportunity to attend games to see their favorite.

    Will they compete for season ticket holders? Only for those who like both teams.

    The whole competitor analysis is overblown.

  17. Stan really could care less what the general football fan thinks. He makes his money hand over foot either way. This whole LA situation fits his style to a T. The Rams will suck, but somehow he will make a profit off the Chargers ….who won’t.

  18. claydefayette says:
    Jan 13, 2017 10:19 AM
    Not really competition since the ‘Chargers’ are playing in a 30,000 seat capacity stadium. Both terrible teams needing to get younger as even the Rams’ defense will be too old by the time the offense catches up, if ever.

    Age is not the issue. The Rams and Chargers had the 1st and 9th youngest teams in 2016. Know the facts before you spew fallacies. You could say owners are the issues or management, not age.

  19. Being from STL I can say that the “schadenfreude-factor” is alive and well here especially with the media. After ol’ porn-stashe picked up and left a very decent/dedicated fan base high and dry, lying why he left, lying with the broken promises he made to STL hanging like rancid meat in the air, and then for the the franchise to suck as badly as they did (you lose to your rivals in SF twice, which were their only wins of the year!?!? CLASSIC!) and your #1 pick face o’ the franchise does nothing but sucks the entire year?? Porn-stashe is the gift that keeps on giving. I have no skin in the game with the Chargers, but I hope the Bolts burying the scRAMS next season.
    Absolutely NO sympathy here. Karma’s a drag, babe.

  20. ….I’ll tell ya right now there is NO WAY they are putting that on the helmet. This has to be a secoundary logo, much like the Eagle head Phildelphia has. By 2018 a new name, new logo, new uniforms will be picked to establish a whole new identity by this selfish owner. (I’m sure the Chargers logo,colors & name will be mothballed for San Diego once they get a new team at a later date)…………………..

  21. Spanos had to move his team. His former city, San Diego, voted down a stadium plan that tourists and visitors would have paid for. Are the Chargers supposed to play in an outdated stadium for the next 10 years?

    Los Angeles women are the hottest in the world. The Los Angeles cheerleaders are going to be something to behold.

  22. I still think Spanos should have at least tried for STL and San Antonio. The Chargers would have been the featured team in those markets. Los Angeles is the second biggest city in the U.S. but there is a lot of competition for sport dollars.

  23. I hope the Chargers read and understood every word of their lease agreement with Kroenke. I’d hate to have that miserable SOB as my landlord. He’d run over his grandmother for an extra nickel.

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