With the surprising announcement that Stan Kroenke exercised his right to purchase 100% of the Rams, one thing came to mind – Kroenke would not make this bid without knowing that he is going to be accepted. Stan Kroenke knows he will be the next owner of the Rams.
Stan Kroenke is an amazingly savvy businessman who has been in the NFL business in the background for years. He knows the other owners. While the Rams current owners Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriquez have been attempting to sell the team, Kroenke has been representing the Rams at the owners meetings and with the league. In other words, Stan Kroenke knows what he’s doing. He is not the sort of person who will just put his name out in the news just for publicity. He’s comfortable to stay in the background.
Mike Sando of the NFC West blog on ESPN is thinking along the same wavelength.
We should expect all parties to emphasize process over the coming weeks, but it’s an upset if Kroenke’s efforts fail. There’s little chance a man with Kroenke’s financial credentials and knowledge of the NFL would exercise this option in vain, is there?
Kroenke’s ownership bid came as a surprise. It’s a bigger surprise if he made that bid without knowing it would succeed in the end.
So, I guess, allow me to be the first to welcome Stan Kroenke as the next owner of our St. Louis Rams.