Stan Kroenke Holds Rams Hostage, Wants to Be Paid Millions on Top of Sale


Stan Kroenke
  • Stan Kroenke
Congratulations, Stan Kroenke. You're Daily RFT's first Ass Clown of the Week nominee.

In the latest twist to the long saga involving the sale of the St. Louis Rams, majority owner Kroenke reportedly wants to be paid between $50 million and $100 million in order for potential buyer Shahid Khan to purchase a stake in the team. If Khan paid the ransom fee, Kroenke would still remain a 40 percent owner in the team.

This comes after Kroenke announced last week that he wanted to purchase the entire team -- even though NFL rules prohibit him from full ownership of the Rams because Kroenke owns professional sports franchises (Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avanlanche) that play in the market of the Denver Broncos.

Shahid Khan
  • Shahid Khan
As is typical with the shrewd and merciless Kroenke remains mute on the issue. Though his "greenmailing" of Khan follows his typical m.o. in business with Kroenke's Walmart development company THF Realty often pitting communities against each other over who can provide the most tax incentives in order to win a new store.

Now comes conjecture that Kroenke may want to move the Rams back to Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Kroenke's meddling casts a pall over the entire St. Louis football franchise and seems particularly detrimental this week as the hapless Rams gear up for their No. 1 pick on Thursday

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