Dave Checketts Wants To Buy The Rams

At a time when folks in St. Louis are fretting regarding the possibility of the Rams fleeing for Los Angeles, the guy who stirred up the ruckus has now ridden in on a proverbial white horse.
Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who reported two days ago that no local buyer has come forward to express an interest in buying the team, now reports that St. Louis Blues owner Dave Checketts has done so.
But Checketts didn’t enter the fray in the wake of Miklasz’s report — Checketts already was in the mix.
“We have the ability to get this done and we have communicated this to the Rams,” Checketts told Miklasz via e-mail.  “We approached this with the Rams months ago and have since that time put together a partnership of both concerned St. Louisans and outside capital.
“Last week, we communicated to Chip Rosenbloom in no uncertain terms, that he now has a clear St. Louis buyer.  We are that buyer.”
Though we don’t yet have a chapter-and-verse understanding of the NFL’s ownership rules, it might be a challenge for Checketts to acquire control of the team unless he personally holds at least 40 percent, since Stan Kroenke already owns 40 percent.
League rules require the controlling partner to hold at least 30 percent of the team.  And we suspect that the person with the 30-percent share also must own more of the team than anyone else.
Also, the more accurate description of Chip Rosenbloom’s frustration would be not that no local buyer has emerged, but that two of them haven’t.
Absent a second bidder, Rosenbloom has no leverage, especially since he previously has indicated a commitment to keeping the team in St. Louis.  So now the question becomes whether Rosenbloom would be willing to change his mind if the best offer from an L.A. group exceeds significantly the package that Checketts puts together.
Then there’s Kroenke, who reportedly wants to purchase controlling interest in the team.  Perhaps with a firm and binding commitment to keep the team in St. Louis, Kroenke could marshall sufficient support from his colleagues to alter the cross-ownership rules.
Regardless, Checketts’ involvement is a good sign for those in St. Louis who would like to see the Rams remain there.  After all, one interested local buyer is a lot better than none.

26 responses to “Dave Checketts Wants To Buy The Rams

  1. To Dave Checketts: In the words of Larry The Cable Guy, “Git her done!!!!”

  2. Shouldn’t there be a C. Dean Metropoulos sighting around now? He’s already been rumored to be interested in purchasing the Raiders and Jags. I’m sure the Rams would be of interest.

  3. Send them back to LA. Kills two birds with one stone. Gets rid of all the people whining about LA not having a team. Plus gets rid of all those annoying bandwagon Rams fans in Southern Illinois & Missouri that I deal with. As a Packers fan, I’d much rather deal with Bears fans than the on again, off again Rams fans.

  4. C’mon Florio, you are a lawyer. There’s an easy answer to the controlling percentage issue. Checketts doesn’t have to individually own 40%. He and his “partnership of both concerned St. Louisans and outside capital” form an LLC to hold the remaining 60%. That LLC becomes the controlling partner. Checketts, as the largest stakeholder in the LLC gets elected the manager of the LLC, and there’s your control for Checketts. Simple.

  5. Wow. What a batch of horrible choices for St. Louis to deal with. Either the team gets moved or they fall to the control of the same guy who destroyed the NY Knicks. Outstanding. Well I guess it’s back to the Rams sucking for a long time to come.

  6. wlubake says: “There’s an easy answer to the controlling percentage issue. Checketts doesn’t have to individually own 40%. He and his “partnership of both concerned St. Louisans and outside capital” form an LLC to hold the remaining 60%. That LLC becomes the controlling partner. Checketts, as the largest stakeholder in the LLC gets elected the manager of the LLC, and there’s your control for Checketts. Simple.”
    I’m not positive about this, but I was under the impression that the NFL, unlike MLB or the NBA, prohibits “corporate” ownership of its teams. I think that would kill the LLC idea. Anybody know if this is the case?

  7. Hey bri715, you’re a dumbass. The Knicks were a constant playoff team wheh Checketts was the owner. I’d give anything to get him back over Stupid James Dolan. You obviously know nothing about basketball.
    The Rams fans should be thrilled if he buys the team. You guys will finally get back to the playoffs.

  8. Actually, “bri715 says: ” He did a really good job with the NY organizations, if you remember, the Knicks made the playoffs either 17 or 18 years in a row, he was on board for a lot of that. he also has done a good job with the blues, bringing in John Davdison. They are developing a really good young team, who made the playoffs this yr…Hell do well with the Rams.

  9. Wow,
    I cannot beleive people are fighting over a franchise that is completely dreadful.
    The Rams are one of the worst franchise’s in sports having moved three times. 2 Super bowl losses.
    L.A. and So Ca does not want you………….
    Jaguars stay home too.
    Chargers, Los Angeles hates you.. Stay home.
    Rams, we didnt support you or want you when you were here.
    Stay in St. Louis, that is one of the worst cities in America, perfect for one of the worst franchises in sports.
    L.A. Does not care or want the NFL.
    Lakers, Dodgers, USC, UCLA own this region. period.

  10. If they go back to LA which city gets custody of the “Rams” name?
    Would the city of Los Angles have grandfather rights or does St. Louis retain rights per the new rule?

  11. To nflfann,
    First of all, you’re an a$$hole.
    As far as the Rams losing 2 Super Bowls, so what? Denver lost 4 and so did the Vikings and Bills and their cities love them.
    St. Louis is a great city, and we have one of the best franchises as well to prove it. Will take my Cardinals and Pujols over your Dodgers and Manny “Steroid” Ramirez any day!
    We rather keep the Rams. At least here, they have true fans, not fair weather ones like in LA who only support a team when they’re winning. And speaking of your Dodgers and Lakers, One used to be in Brooklyn, the other in Minneapolis!

  12. Can someone explain the obession about having a team in L.A. I live in the midwest so maybe I don’t understand it. L.A. has several teams that people in the city already root for plus CA has 2 other NFL teams. It isn’t like football fans that live in L..A. can’t root for the Raiders or the 49ers.

  13. LA has the worst fans in pro sports, lakers this and lakers that. You forget about that dreadful clippers team, the kings and their ownership do real well too, the raiders, rams, zzzzzzz all failures there. Dodger fans show up in the 3rd and leave in the 7th. Give me a break.

  14. NoHomeTeam says: “I’m not positive about this, but I was under the impression that the NFL, unlike MLB or the NBA, prohibits “corporate” ownership of its teams. I think that would kill the LLC idea. Anybody know if this is the case?”
    I’m pretty sure the Packers are publicly owned in some manner. They have at least sold stock, though I believe the stock has no real resale value or dividend payments. Not sure on that rule or how the Packers sold stock and avoided violating it (unless an exception was granted).

  15. raydarammer
    Attention Moron:
    Dodgers Draw over 3 million FANS win or lose, Dodger fans are not bandwagon IDIOTS.
    St Louis City wise and region is a complete dump. Your weather is oppressive, your winters are cold.
    Go sit at a Cruds game and lose 80 pounds.
    The only thing to do in St Louis is watch sports, that is why you draw well, theres nothing to do, boredom.
    So Ca. has ten million things to do year round. With perfect weather and beaches.
    As far as your citizens go, I had a hard time understanding their ENGLISH.
    .
    They sound like something out of Forest Gump. The crime rate and murder rate is the highest in the nation.
    Isn’t it funny that none of the owners of the Cards, Blues and Rams live in St. Louis.
    Because they know it’s a dump. There is nothing good about St. Louis, oppressive summers and flat land. Murders and a drug infested city.
    Keep the Rams in St. Louis is perfect for them. L.A. does not want them back.
    BTW Your St. Louis hero – Dan Dierdorf sucks.
    Dedicated to St. Louis fans
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix081prSiNc

  16. Mr. Shickadantz says:
    June 2nd, 2009 at 2:10 pm
    hey nflfann, who made you King Douche of LA sports?
    I got the honors from Your Mom and Sister.
    They are wonderful slaves.

  17. raydarammer says:
    Well the little self righteous boy defending St Louis.
    First all of Moron, your hero Albert also is a abuser of steroids.
    Second, The Dodgers draw over 3 million win or lose.
    Third, There is nothing to do in St. Louis. People are bored.
    Sports is there only venue available. Your Weather is worthless.
    Funny that all of the owners of the Blues, Rams, Cruds live in other cities.
    Even your owners live in other cities.
    Midwesterners always think they are special when it comes to loyalty.
    The Midwest is nothing but flat and has the worst weather in the Country.
    Theres nothing to do in ” fly over” country. All you have is sports.

  18. jkorn1818 says:
    Another clueless idiot
    Dodger fans show up in the 3rd because traffic is so horrendous in L.A.
    You could leave hours before an event, and still be late, because traffic sucks.
    Not because Dodger fans are lazy.

  19. jkorn1818 says:
    Nobody cares about the Clippers, Kings , Ducks.
    People that live here want these teams to leave.
    The Clippers refuse to move. Kansas City would love them.
    The Dodgers, Lakers, USC, Angels are followed.
    Thats it.
    The Angels drew poorley until Artie Moreno bought the team and made them compete.
    Like I said before the Dodgers draw win or lose.

  20. I am not saying that L.A. is the greatest sports town in America.
    I am saying that L.A. does not want an NFL team , especially the Rams.
    Repeat- L.A. does not care about the NFL.
    The greatest Sports cities are the ones that have millions of things to do, The fans support despite having millions of choices.
    New York especially fits this catagory. New York is a 24 hour city with a million of things to do. With the horrendous traffic.
    Yet, New York fans are loyal win or lose.
    New York is the greatest sports city in America.
    Not St. Louis or Green Bay or Cleveland where theres nothing to do
    .

  21. And if you want to know what an ironclad guaranteed contract from Kroenke is worth, contact Vince McMahon and the WWE…

  22. nflfann, apparently all the earthquakes out there have rattled what little brain cells you still posess…
    1. You say you can’t understand the English here in St. Louis? At least English is not a 2nd or 3rd language here!
    2. As far as Pujols being dirty: He’s not the one that’s been suspended for 50 games!
    3. As far as crime in St. Louis being bad? 2 words: South Central.
    4. Your Dodgers manager: Hall of Famer, St. Louis Cardinal- Deal with it!
    As far as your 3 million in attendance: Exactly how many of them are actual citizens?

  23. Typical McClaus. He misses the big news in his article two days ago. He’s so wrong that a major player iin the issue calls McClaus to clarify reality. Then McClaus reports this as news. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? A journalist asking the right questions? Great armchair reporting, Bernie. Although Bernie won’t fit in an armchair.

  24. nflfann:
    Thank you! For suporting the fact that LA does not want my Vikings.
    Unlike some of the other assclowns on this site

  25. nflfann, apparently all the earthquakes out there have rattled what little brain cells you still posess…
    1. You say you can’t understand the English here in St. Louis? At least English is not a 2nd or 3rd language here!
    2. As far as Pujols being dirty: He’s not the one that’s been suspended for 50 games!
    3. As far as crime in St. Louis being bad? 2 words: South Central.
    4. Your Dodgers manager: Hall of Famer, St. Louis Cardinal- Deal with it!
    As far as your 3 million in attendance: Exactly how many of them are actual citizens?
    Wow , you really don’t like mexicans?
    English is spoken clearly in L.A.
    St. Louis citizens sound like the two dudes in “Airplane” that speak jive.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-xHPU6NulM
    Albert is guilty, he hasn’t got caught.
    Joe Torre is great, he is a New Yorker not a St. Louisan.
    Most of the people that go to Dodger games are white and speak english, The Dodgers do have a special bond with the Mexican culture.
    L.A. is only 2 hours from Mexico. Mexicans do work.
    Card games are full ” Deliverence” cast members. How many of the Card fans have jobs?
    Card Fans:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyKvD-4IxOY
    The guy sitting with the banjo could run for Mayor of St. Louis
    Ah yes and your crime, your gangs have copied the L.A. Gangs name.
    How original.
    Enjoy the St Louis Rams.

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