Well, all that gossip was true.
The St. Louis Rams are for sale.
Chip sure made a good move by turning this team in a good (so we will see…) direction. By putting Spags’ and crew in charge, he let the team be run by football people, and now that the team is officially for sale, it makes sense. Nobody wants a bad product, after all (OK, nobody wants a 3-13 team run by Jay Zygmunt and Scott Linehan, except, maybe, Detroit).
929 Million Dollars is the going price, according to Forbes, which would definitely help Chip Rosenbloom make some nice films in California. But should St. Louisians be concerned? Definitely a huge yes on that one. Why? There are no pre-conditions.
That means that should an owner who wants to move the team (I live in Seattle, so I’ll put up the Seattle Supersonics/Oklahoma Thunder as an example) buy the team, well, you can kiss them goodbye. Throw in the sketchy lease at the EJD (Edward Jones Dome) and you may be wondering why the Rams don’t seem to be in a rush to patch it up.
Apparently, according to Bernie Miklasz, Rosenbloom has been so discouraged by the lack of local interest that he opened it up to anyone, anywhere.
Rosenbloom had been, “waiting for more than a year for a St. Louis-area bidder to step forward, to no avail.” That means people in L.A., too.
Don’t expect Kroenke to bail the team out either, as to do that, he must sell his commanding stake in both the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche, which I don’t see him doing in the near future. He says he wants to hold on to his 40% share, so only 60% is for sale (which is owned by Rosenbloom and Rodriguez).
So…does anyone have 558 million dollars they’d like to spare?