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Old 04-16-2010   #1
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Default Balzer: Kroenke is on NFL committee for new LA stadium

Grabbed this off the clanram forums...didn't expect this at all.

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By Howard Balzer
Friday, April 16, 2010

The Rams will officially be on the clock in less than one week when the NFL Draft begins at 6:30 Central time on Thursday. It now seems clear St. Louis is also on the clock when it comes to keeping its football team.

Alvin Reid’s column details his strong feelings about what St. Louis will likely have to do to keep from losing the NFL for the second time, and likely forever. Believe him. He and others that have talked and written about this in the last 72 hours aren’t alarmists. They are realists.

It is clear the stakes will be even higher should Stan Kroenke gain control of the Rams. On the same day the Los Angeles Times revealed another plan being put together to build a new stadium in the area, a chilling fact was discovered related to how close Kroenke is to what’s happening in L.A.

And no, I’m not talking about the fact he spends a lot of time on his boat at one of his homes in Malibu.

It turns out Kroenke is a member of the league’s Los Angeles Stadium Working Group committee. Roll that one around in your mind a few minutes. Everyone I mentioned that to Thursday was silent for a few seconds, and then said, “Oh, my God.”

It means Kroenke is privy to every detail, every plan, simply everything that is related to those trying to get a stadium built there.

For several years, Los Angeles businessman Ed Roski has been front and center in the efforts to build a stadium in the City of Industry.

The Times reported Thursday that businessmen Casey Wasserman and Tim Leiweke are considering a plan to build a stadium behind the Staples Center. They had tried a similar plan about eight years ago, but they shelved it when the Coliseum Commission tried to make its own bid. That, of course, eventually failed.

Wasserman is the founder and CEO of the Wasserman Media Group. Leiweke, a St. Louis native, was the assistant general manager of the St. Louis Steamers soccer team in 1979, and is now president and CEO of AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group), which owns the Staples Center and a 1,000-room hotel near the arena. Leiweke’s brother, Tod, is CEO of the Seattle Seahawks.

One line in the Times story said, “So far, the concept is in the preliminary stages, although the NFL is aware of it and is monitoring its progress.”

We’re quite sure Kroenke is doing just that.
Does this mean the Rams are moving back to LA for sure? Of course not, but with this information out...it does seem likely.

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Kroenke is also the owner of professional basketball team Denver Nuggets, a professional soccer team Colorado Rapids and professional hockey team Colorado Avalanche, a major shareholder of English football club Arsenal, and owner of 40% of the St. Louis Rams professional football franchise.
I was thinking Shahid Khan (the other potential buyer) was just about ready to buy the Rams franchise, but a few days ago Kroenke decided to exercise his matching rights to try and purchase the 60% share. The NFL doesn't allow cross-ownership, but it has been rumored that they may make an exception for Kroenke. Can it be that this exception will only be made if he decides to move the Rams back to LA? It could be possible, since I remember reading Goodell really wants a franchise back in LA.
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Default Re: Balzer: Kroenke is on NFL committee for new LA stadium

Hold on...if he's the CEO of AEG, that means he also has interest in the Dynamo, no?
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Hold on...if he's the CEO of AEG, that means he also has interest in the Dynamo, no?
If you're talking about Wasserman, then yes. AEG owns 50% of the Dynamo...according to Wikipedia.
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Default Re: Balzer: Kroenke is on NFL committee for new LA stadium

I've been saying this for a couple of years now. Rams move to L.A., Jaguars end up moving to St. Louis where there is much better support for NFL football and a perfectly good stadium just waiting for them. Believe me, if St. Louis loses the Rams they are not going to be out of the NFL for long and it won't (truly) have anything to do with their stadium. The people who move the Rams will do so because they can, not because there's anything actually wrong with the existing facility.
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I've been saying this for a couple of years now. Rams move to L.A., Jaguars end up moving to St. Louis where there is much better support for NFL football and a perfectly good stadium just waiting for them. Believe me, if St. Louis loses the Rams they are not going to be out of the NFL for long and it won't (truly) have anything to do with their stadium. The people who move the Rams will do so because they can, not because there's anything actually wrong with the existing facility.
St Louis has always been owned by the Cards, and I really wonder how much they'd miss football ? It's just the opposite of cross-state KC which loves it's Chiefs and has some of the best fans in the whole NFL bar none.
By why not just one move - Jags to LA ?
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I've been saying this for a couple of years now. Rams move to L.A., Jaguars end up moving to St. Louis where there is much better support for NFL football and a perfectly good stadium just waiting for them. Believe me, if St. Louis loses the Rams they are not going to be out of the NFL for long and it won't (truly) have anything to do with their stadium. The people who move the Rams will do so because they can, not because there's anything actually wrong with the existing facility.
I would like this.
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April 16, 2010 | 9:20 p.m.

The latest concept for an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles — a $1-billion venue next to Staples Center — has, The Times has learned, something none of its scuttled predecessors had.

A ceiling.

Although that might seem like a minor distinction, proponents of that project say that a retractable roof would greatly enhance the versatility of the building, making it ideal for major sporting events such as the Final Four, championship title fights, and all sorts of national conventions.

Influential businessmen Casey Wasserman and Tim Leiweke are investigating the possibility of developing a privately financed stadium where the convention center's West Hall sits. That would serve as the cornerstone of AEG's sprawling sports and entertainment district, a so-called campus that already includes Staples Center, LA Live, and a just-constructed 1,000-room hotel.

Wasserman approached Leiweke with the idea last October, touting the site as the most viable and interesting solution for a region that has struggled to find both.

"This is just thinking right now," said Leiweke, AEG's president and chief executive. "It's saying, ‘If we're going to invest this kind of time and money anyway — even if it doesn't cost taxpayers a dollar — shouldn't we think about the other uses if we had a roof to cover it?'"

The vision is that the complex would not only be the quintessential site for Super Bowls but also could play host to the Pro Bowl; the NFL draft (alternating years with New York); the scouting combine (alternating years with Indianapolis); and the finals of the World Cup in 2022. The NFL has made it clear that any new stadium in Southern California should be able to accommodate two teams, leaving open the possibility that the primary tenant could one day share the venue.

The backers believe L.A. would be the ideal spot for virtually every major convention, which could use the stadium along with supplemental space added to replace the West Hall (roughly 14 acres). That's sufficient space to fit the structure of any current NFL stadium.

"This is the final piece to the downtown puzzle," said Wasserman, founder and chief executive of Wasserman Media Group. "It's the only chance for the city to benefit from the economic power of a stadium of this caliber."

Backers say a stadium of this magnitude would have unparalleled revenue streams from a variety of sources, among them naming rights, suites, Super Bowls and seat licenses that would pay for the facility in similar fashion to its neighboring Staples Center.

Buying a team would cost about $1 billion more, but that wouldn't necessarily be required if a franchise relocated with the same owner.

The city owns the convention center, and the support of the mayor and City Council would be essential to the downtown project. There is precedent for such a transaction, however, as Staples Center was built on the site of the convention center's North Hall.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who counts Leiweke and Wasserman among his longtime political supporters, was unavailable to comment on the proposal. A spokeswoman for the mayor also declined to comment. Councilwoman Jan Perry, whose district includes Staples Center and LA Live, said she was unaware of any new proposal to build a new football stadium in downtown Los Angeles.

Calling the pursuit of a stadium daunting is an understatement. A long list of business leaders — some of them billionaires — have tried and failed to bring the NFL back to the nation's second-largest market.

What's more, the downtown bid would put Wasserman and Leiweke in direct competition with developer Ed Roski, who already has an entitled and shovel-ready piece of land in City of Industry to build a football stadium. There is only room for one such project in the L.A. area, and the Industry group is at least a year ahead of any other because it has clearance to build.

However, no one is going to build a stadium without team, and the league is not going to entertain the possibility of a team relocating before the labor dispute is resolved. The current collective bargaining agreement expires in March 2011, and owners want players to participate in paying off the enormous cost of stadiums.

All signs point to it being at least a year before any project gets the kind of traction needed to move forward, which gives the downtown concept time to catch up.


This isn't the first downtown proposal by Wasserman and Leiweke. Eight years ago, they touted building a stadium in South Park, also near Staples Center. They pulled out of that plan, however, when the Coliseum Commission vowed to make its own bid to land an NFL team.

Times have changed, though. The Coliseum has a long-term deal with USC, and the commission is no longer pursuing pro football.

"We're married to USC," Coliseum General Manager Pat Lynch said. "They have a seat at the table if we ever talk NFL, so we're not talking about the NFL. I haven't been approached by the NFL.

"We're not active, so therefore the door's open for these other sites."
Whoa, so apparently they are two different groups trying to get a team so they can start on a stadium . The difference being, this new group (which I imagine includes Kroenke) isn't trying to buy the team. While the Roski stadium has a bit of a head start, I believe that "small" bit will be the deciding factor. Roski wants to own the team that moves to his stadium, and not many owners would want to sell. If I'm not mistaken Roski did make a bid for the Rams, but was instantly denied.

This is getting interesting...
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The team that could end up in LA is the Chargers. They have a terrible stadium and the city has no money to build one.
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And they drafted Sam Bradford...

Big name to become a big star in LA...right?
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I've been saying this for a couple of years now. Rams move to L.A., Jaguars end up moving to St. Louis where there is much better support for NFL football and a perfectly good stadium just waiting for them. Believe me, if St. Louis loses the Rams they are not going to be out of the NFL for long and it won't (truly) have anything to do with their stadium. The people who move the Rams will do so because they can, not because there's anything actually wrong with the existing facility.
Just move the Jags to LA and keep the Rams in St. Louis.
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