It’s generally thought of as a good idea when two old acquaintances renew their connection, but if you are from St. Louis, it might not be. St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is among three finalists in the bidding for Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers as the MLB decides to which bidder to award the team.
Where this all gets muddy is with the obvious connection for the NFL in wanting to put a team back in LA and the Rams struggles to maintain consistent attendance and upgrade their ancient dome. Kroenke’s link between the Rams and the city of angels seems like a puzzle piece that the NFL has been waiting for to make a triumphant return to LA. If he ultimately winds up with the Dodgers added to his portfolio, it seems like just a formality before the Rams opt out of their agreement with St. Louis following the 2014 season and make the move to LA.
The other finalists in the bidding war are high-profile as well with one group led by NBA star Magic Johnson and the other headed by baseball executive Stan Kasten. It is expected that MLB owners will convene for a vote soon and a decision could be made as early as the end of this week.
Given his illustrious portfolio of professional sports franchises from the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, to the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, as well as the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer, Kroenke seems like the safest bet to win the vote. His main international claim to fame may still be Arsenal Football Club from the English Premier League, but Kroenke seems destined to have a hand in all four major sports industries in the states sooner rather than later and that could fire up the U-Hauls for the Rams out of St. Louis.