The Denver Post reports that Stan Kroenke, in a unanimous vote by his peers, assumed the majority ownership position of the St. Louis Rams. Kroenke, who had already been one of the minority owners, assumed control on Aug. 25 over Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez. Kroenke was one of the integral parts that was able to get the Rams to St. Louis from Los Angeles in 1995.
For St. Louis football fans, there appears to be a light at the end of this abysmally dark tunnel. The Rams have won just six games in their past three seasons. However, Stan Kroenke has a history of making contenders out of once-terrible teams. Kroenke also owns the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche won a Stanley Cup within the last few years, and the Nuggets have seen a strong resurgence behind George Karl and Carmello Anthony. St. Louis fans are praying that he can take the same path to relevance once again.
There is a snag in the situation, though. The NFL has a rule that owners are not allowed to own more than one franchise (out of any leagues). This means, to be the owner of the Rams, Kroenke must sell his other two professional teams. As of the present moment, he is considering his children as possible candidates to take over the previous two franchises. Among them is Josh Kroenke, who already has a prominent role within the Nuggets organization.
According to USA Today, Roger Goodell refers to Stan Kroenke as “a familiar and respected figure in the National Football League for more than 15 years. He is a proven businessman and has experienced success in all of his sports franchises, as well as serving as a responsible community leader. We look forward to him continuing to uphold the goals and values of the NFL as he becomes the majority owner of the St. Louis Rams.”
Kroenke is married to Anne Walton, who is one of the heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune.
With Sam Bradford joining the team and Steven Jackson expected to continue his dominance, will Kroenke return the St. Louis Rams to “The Greatest Show On Turf” days? We will be forced to wait and see.