Report: Rams Will Soon Be For Sale, And Possibly Could Move

The St. Louis Rams will be the next NFL team on the market, Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
According to Miklasz, the current owners, Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez, have retained Goldman Sachs to assist in the evaluation of offers and the solicitation of potential buyers.
And here’s the kicker.  Miklasz says there will be no requirement that the buyer intends to keep the team in St. Louis.
The problem is that no local buyer has emerged in the 16 months since Georgia Frontiere died and ownership passed to her children.  Miklasz writes that Chip Rosenbloom is discourged by this fact.
Stan Kroenke currently owns 40 percent of the team.  Though he can’t acquire control of the franchise because he owns multiple professional teams in the Denver market (unless, of course, he sells the Nuggets and the Avalanche), Kroenke wants to keep his 40-percent stake, which means that only 60 percent of the equity will be available.
In a separate Q&A column (which doesn’t address the question of whether Miklasz purchased his glasses in Malaysia), Miklasz explains that the Rams could permissibly break their lease at the Edward Jones Dome after the 2014 season.

22 responses to “Report: Rams Will Soon Be For Sale, And Possibly Could Move

  1. Move the Rams and the Raiders both back to LA so, we can stop all the speculating and the posturing about ‘We’ll move to LA’. You know it’s coming……….
    Then we can focus on whether or not the Jags or the Bills will move to Toronto.

  2. “In a separate Q&A column (which doesn’t address the question of whether Miklasz purchased his glasses in Malaysia), Miklasz explains that the Rams could permissibly break their lease at the Edward Jones Dome after the 2014 season.”
    Jake Jarmell purchased his glass in Malaysia. I think Florio is really referring to Milos the tennis player. Or maybe I am way off….

  3. That’s horrible. I went to school for a year in missouri and know firsthand how important that team is to st louis. Some cities don’t deserve pro franchises but st louis isn’t one of them. I really hope this isn’t true.
    As a Browns fan I feel for all the St Louis fans. This shouldn’t happen.

  4. The NFL should change its rules and allow Kroenke to buy the other 60% of the team. He has deep pockets, is married to a Walmart heir, so his wife has deep pockets as well. He could keep the team in St. Louis and would put a winner on the field. So what if he has ownership in the NHL and NBA, that should not matter.
    Look at the Steelers situation…… Goodell allowed the owners to have interest in gambling for years against the league bylaws, and now has allowed a patchwork of ownership interest cause ol Dan Rooney doesnt have enough cash.
    At least Kroeke would be sole owner and would not need to seek investors.

  5. This news is horrible somebody from stl will step up and buy this team georgia would be pissed if she was alive!

  6. Why does fans of this site hates the city and people of Jacksonville so much? We are great people and what we have done to anyone to deserve all this hatred towards us? Someone please answer this for me.

  7. It’s a miracle that this team ever won a Super Bowl and got to a SECOND one under Frontiere. The same can be applied to the Cards under the Bidwells and the Bengals under Mike Brown.
    I’d love for Spags to have success at St. Louis. An attacking defense and a grind-it-out offense in that crappy division. St. Louis fans truly love their pro football team.

  8. Are you serious? The city of St. Louis just built that stadium 15 years ago and now the Rams are threatening to move…again. It’s ridiculous how this can happen. Although I guess you might call it bad karma for their luring of the Rams out of Los Angeles to replace their Cardinals. What’s next? The St. Louis Jaguars?

  9. – leopold332002 says:
    May 31st, 2009 at 10:15 am
    “Why does fans of this site hates the city and people of Jacksonville so much? We are great people and what we have done to anyone to deserve all this hatred towards us? Someone please answer this for me.”
    Response:
    You’re dumb, thats why. Additionally Jacksonville is not a NFL city. Real NFL cities dont cover half the stadium with tarps to sell out their games.

  10. I really miss having the LA Rams around. Their gold and blue uniforms that STL kept for the first several years were amongst the best in NFL history. Especially the home one. So part of me would love to see them come back.
    However the city of St. Louis has done a great job of supporting this team, and they deserve to keep their team. The Cards should have never left in the first place…

  11. Ralph GreNader says:
    May 31st, 2009 at 9:06 am
    That’s horrible. I went to school for a year in missouri and know firsthand how important that team is to st louis. Some cities don’t deserve pro franchises but st louis isn’t one of them. I really hope this isn’t true.
    ——————–
    Don’t worry. One of those cities that doesn’t deserve a pro franchise is in Minnesota. This will just force Zygi to make the move sooner to LA before someone beats him to the punch. LA Lakers, North Stars, hell the Twins owner even wanted to contract the team for only $150 million because it wasn’t worth it to have a team in that city with that fan base. The T-Wolves will probably be gone someday as well. Just look at their attendance. Sad.

  12. Move them to LA.
    The Jags will stay right where they’re at thank you very much douchebags.

  13. I only mentioned the Jaguars moving because they are the prime candidate everytime the subject comes up. It’s not a slam against the shitty, joke of a city that is Jacksonville. I’ve been to Savannah, Georgia, 100 miles from Jacksonville, during the NFL season, and it’s all U. Georgia and Atlanta Falcons (5 hours from Savannah.) If the Jags can’t draw fans from coastal Georgia they have no chance to survive. Don’t worry Jags fans, you’ll still have the Gators and Seminoles. You just aren’t a big enough city to support 3 professional football teams.

  14. I have to admit, having tarps cover stadium seats to sellout games is pretty sad. Not to mention the fact that it was obvious that the city of Jacksonville did not have the infrastructure to host a Super Bowl. Not that it really matters all that much if there is a rabid fanbase, but but the warm weather cities and dome stadiums do usually get the consideration for the SB and it sounded like Jacksonville was a flop in that regard.

  15. But the Kansas City owner also owns FC Dallas
    i guess soccer doesnt count as a sport

  16. mike, see if this rumor has legs:
    kevin mcclatchy is part of a group that wants to buy the rams and move them to LA

  17. If any team should move – it should be the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tarp city is not a football city. I like the Jags – don’t get me wrong – but I do not see a football city like Buffalo going anywhere anytime soon. That would be just wrong especially being a huge fan in the 90s and to this day. If any teams were to move – It would be Jacksonville, New Orleans, St.Louis, Oakland, San Fran, or Minneapolis.

  18. Maybe they should move the team to somewhere dog fighting is legal… assuming that they really are interested in Vick.

  19. Everyone, stop picking on Jacksonville – we really do not want to rile up their rabid fanbase…. all 30 of them.

  20. Number of Super Bowls held in Jax, – 1
    Number of Super Bowls held in Pittsburgh, Boston, New York (see where I am going) – 0
    But yeah they couldn’t handle a Super Bowl but they did.

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