Friday, April 16, 2010
Kroenke and L.A. stadium group
By Mike Sando
Stan Kroenke's participation on the Los Angeles Stadium Working Group is a juicy nugget begging for context.
It appears Kroenke, currently seeking to become the Rams' majority owner, began serving on the working group in time for the 2007 league meetings.
Kroenke already owns 40 percent of the team, which moved from Los Angeles for the 1995 season.
The Rams' pending ownership change has renewed questions about the Rams' long-term future in St. Louis. Rams fans in St. Louis have reason to perk up when they hear rumors linking Kroenke or the Rams to Los Angeles. It's important for fans in St. Louis to know what Kroenke thinks on the matter, particularly amid concerns that Kroenke hasn't said anything about keeping the team put.
It appears as though Kroenke replaced Seahawks owner Paul Allen on the working group between 2006 and 2007.
A Los Angeles Times story showed Allen joining an expanded working group in 2006.
The original committee included (Paul) Tagliabue, New England's Robert Kraft, Miami's Wayne Huizenga, Carolina's Jerry Richardson, Kansas City's Lamar Hunt and Pittsburgh's Dan Rooney. The new members of the committee are Steve Tisch of the New York Giants, Pat Bowlen of Denver, Jeff Lurie of Philadelphia, Jerry Jones of Dallas and Paul Allen of Seattle.
A 2007 NFL document on committee members showed Kroenke on the working group with Jones, Bowlen, Bob McNair, Tisch, Johnson and Lurie, the chairman.
I'll provide context as I figure out more. Committees and working groups meet periodically, but often nothing happens. As the Sports Business Journal noted from the NFL's spring meetings in 2008, "Lurie, chairman of the Los Angeles Stadium Working Group, said nothing is happening on the league’s seemingly endless quest, now on 13 years, to return football to Los Angeles. No Los Angeles newspaper even sent a reporter to the meeting here."