Tag:Stan Kroenke
Posted on: February 11, 2012 4:37 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2012 6:29 pm

Report: Les Snead to be named Rams GM

By Josh Katzowitz

With Vikings player personnel director George Paton’s decision to forgo the Rams general manager position, which earned him a promotion to assistant general manager in Minnesota, St. Louis instead has picked  Falcons personnel man Les Snead instead to be the next St. Louis GM.

As the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, the Rams are expected to officially announce Snead on Monday.

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Snead has spent the past 13 years in Atlanta and the last three as the director of player personnel, where he oversaw Atlanta’s pro and college scouting. Snead first interviewed with Rams owner Stan Kroenke in January, and then again this month after coach Jeff Fisher was hired.

The two finalists were expected to meet again with Kroenke this weekend, but Paton decided to return to Minnesota.

"George has been an integral part of our personnel department since he arrived in 2007," Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said, via the team's website, Saturday. "His work ethic, leadership, professionalism and keen eye for identifying talented football players will continue to be a major asset for our organization as we take on the challenges of competing in the NFC North and winning the Super Bowl."

CBSSports.com’s Pete Prisco likes the Rams move, calling Snead a grinder and writing that Fisher “will lean heavily on Snead” because Fisher is “smart that way.”

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Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:07 pm

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

Wembley StadiumBy Josh Katzowitz

Earlier this month, the NFL announced that the Rams would be headed to London to play one regular-season game per year from 2012-14. We can argue about whether it’s a good idea for the struggling franchise to make such a commitment (I say it’s a bad, bad idea), but that’s not what interests the city of St. Louis.

No, what the City of St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission is concerned about is whether the games violate the Rams lease with the Edward Jones Dome. As in, the lease apparently states that all St. Louis home games must be played in the Dome. And since the next three London games will be considered Rams home games, that’s a bit of a problem.

For owner Stan Kroenke, who also owns the English Premiere League’s Arsenal soccer team, traveling to London every year with his Rams squad is probably a great move. But for the city that actually houses his NFL franchise, it’s less so.

As the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes, “A section of the Rams' lease at the Dome calls for the team ‘to play all its home NFL Games (other than pre-season NFL Games) at the Facilities.’ The Rams can disregard this rule if the Dome is not in useable condition or if the lease is terminated, according to that section of the lease.”

Edward Jones Dome (Getty)There’s little doubt that the trip would be a financial gain for the Rams. Wembley Stadium seats about 14,000 more than the Edward Jones Dome, and considering St. Louis will face the Patriots, UK interest in the game should be high next year. Also, the NFL guarantees the home team a ticket revenue that’s equal to a regular home-game sellout plus the trip expenses.

But still, this calls back to the question on whether the Rams are being fair with their fan base by leaving for London for three consecutive seasons.

While the city agrees with Kroenke that the selection of the franchise by the NFL for the international game is an honor, it also emailed  a statement to the paper that read, “Our lease with the Rams requires that the Rams play all their home games in the Edward Jones Dome. We immediately brought this to the Rams' attention and are awaiting their reply."

Said Jeff Rainford, the chief of staff to St. Louis mayor Francis Slay: “I think it's obvious that the Rams expect the CVC to adhere to the terms of the lease. And I think it's reasonable for CVC to expect the Rams adhere to the lease."

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Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 11:58 pm

Jaguars sold to Shahid Khan, staying in Jax

Posted by Will Brinson

It's just another run-of-the-mill NFL news day in Jacksonville, Florida on Tuesday. First, Jack Del Rio was fired this morning, and now CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman is reporting that the Jaguars franchise are being recently sold (employees were informed on Tuesday morning) to auto-parts mogul Shahid Kahn ... but the team will reportedly remain in Jacksonville.

Oh, and Jags general manager Gene Smith received a three-year extension. So, yeah, nothing much going on in north Florida today.

Obviously the JDR news broke this morning, but before we could even put together a list of coaches who might replace Del Rio, word started swirling that the Jags were being sold.

Kahn, a Pakistani businessman and owner of Flex-N-Gate, will buy the Jaguars after an unsuccessful attempt to purchase the Rams in 2010 when minority shareholder Stan Kroenke exercised his right to match Kahn's bid for the team.

Previously, the Jags have been considered one of the top candidates for relocation to Los Angeles if/when an NFL stadium is ready to be filled, but Freeman reports that Weaver received written assurances from Kahn that he would keep the team in Jacksonville. Weaver wouldn't confirm those assurances in his press conference however and Kahn did not address them in his statement.

Jack Del Rio Fired

"I am honored to have recently signed an agreement with Wayne Weaver and his partners to purchase the Jacksonville Jaguars,” Khan said. “I have known Wayne for some time and have long admired his spirit, which nearly 20 years ago – against all odds – helped make the Jaguars and the National Football League a reality for Jacksonville and North Florida. Wayne’s legacy will be lasting, and I will always be grateful for Wayne’s trust and confidence in my commitment to the Jaguars, the NFL and the people of the Jacksonville community."

Shortly after chatter about the sale exploded, word broke that Smith received his extension this morning, and if you think about it, the timing of the whole shebang kind of makes sense.

Del Rio was canned by the regime (Weaver) that hired him, ensuring that the new owner's first act won't be to fire a head coach. Then the news leaks that the team's been sold and the employees have been informed. Whether or not the team will move is irrelevant for the moment, because it's important that the Jaguars maintain a semblance of stability to employees and fans.

The report that states the team will remain in Jacksonville does just that. And, finally, speaking of stability, Smith's presence over the next three years provides stability to an organization that will be looking for a head coach and determining whether or not Blaine Gabbert is the future of the franchise at quarterback.

And yes, since Smith drafted Gabbert in the 2011 NFL Draft, it's a safe bet he stays on as the franchise quarterback. Whether fans like him or not, that news probably comes as a little bit of relief, if only because it means there's some stability in Jacksonville on this hectic day.

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 11:27 am

Rams ownership issue could finally be sorted out

The St. Louis Post Dispatch is reporting that the NFL will hold a special owners meeting in Atlanta on August 25 to presumably vote on Stan Kroenke’s ownership bid for the Rams. Kroenke (net worth: $6 billion) owns 40 percent of the franchise and is attempting to buy the 60 percent that Chip Rosenbloom and his sister, Lucia Rodriguez, have had on the market for over a year.

To buy the Rams, Kroenke will have to transfer his ownership of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche to other family members (NFL owners are prohibited from owning major pro sports teams outside their NFL team’s market).

It’s just a matter of legal issues at this point, as Kroenke, a Missouri businessman, is well-liked by owners. The Post-Dispatch has more:

Kroenke is seeking time to work through the transfer of the hockey and basketball teams, perhaps because of estate tax issues. But barring some last-minute hitch, enough of the unsettled details will be worked out over the next couple of weeks, leading to the expected vote in Atlanta.

Chip Rosenbloom and his sister, Lucia Rodriguez, assumed controlling interest in the Rams after the death of their mother, Georgia Frontiere, in January 2008. The team has been for sale for more than a year, with Urbana, Ill., businessman Shahid Khan signing a sales agreement to buy the club last February.

However, Kroenke exercised a right of refusal on April 12 to buy the 60 percent share of the Rams held by Rosenbloom and Rodriguez.

-- Andy Benoit

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