I believe the writing is on the wall in St Louis, the Rams are headed to Los Angeles at the end of the 2014 season. It just makes sense from so many angles. First and foremost Los Angeles is the second largest market in the country and Kroenke knows this. If moving to the second largest market in the country means more revenue then he would be dumb not to do it. In a business decision, loyalty to a particular region seldom plays a part. I also find it a bit curious that Stan is a member of an 8 man committee called The Los Angeles Stadium Working Group. Maybe he had this in mind when he jumped in front of Kahn to buy up the remaining shares of the team. From now on I would begin to read between the lines when Stan or Rams management releases information about the situation. I have yet to read where he denies the possibility of a move, yet the Spanos family (who also wants a new stadium) has come foreword to state publicly that they will not be moving the Chargers to LA.
I just finished reading JPCisco's post "Ram's to LA...) and found the comments section particularly interesting. There is a lot of talk about how Los Angeles can not support a team and how Stl Louis is saying "no way!" to the move. Well, I will put it to you like this, LA has managed to hold the Rams for 48 years, the Dodgers for 53 years and the Lakers for 53 also, and that a is a pretty powerful line up. Stl Louis on the other hand has lost more pro sports teams than LA has ever had, including the NFL Cardinals in just 28 years. Someone should do some fact checking before spewing that kind of ugliness onto his/her fellow TSTers. As far as St Louis saying no way to the move, I have yet to see that one. In fact, I get pretty damned mad when I am watching the games and KC along with seemingly every other big market team get an additional home game at the Ed.
I am seeing a lot of the same crap that caused the Rams to leave LA and come to Stl in the first place
. A half empty stadium, a waning fan base, a stadium lease that is up and an owner with his/her eyes on the prize (and I don't mean the Super Bowl). Stan wants a new stadium deal and St Louis does not want to pay for it (Georgia wants a new stadium deal and Anaheim won't pay for it). It's kind of eerie really; LA rented their team out for 20 years.
The only way the Rams are in St Louis in 2015 is if you get out and support them, pay higher taxes and ownership puts a winner on the field. Even if that happens, Kroenke is on the committee for a stadium in LA which plans to have a team there by 2015 or 2016 and the lease just happens to be up in 2014. Coincidence, I wouldn't be too sure.
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