So, it's official. NFL owners today unanimously approved Stan Kroenke
's bid to purchase the remaining 60 percent of the St. Louis Rams to become the team's sole owner.
"We are delighted with today's vote by NFL owners. It is one of the very
high points of our long association with the NFL," Kroenke told media today. "We
look forward to working with our fellow owners and Commissioner Goodell
as the transaction is finalized and in the years ahead."
But perhaps the real newsworthy statement came from the man who Kroenke
bested in his quest to own the team. That man is Shahid Khan
, the auto parts magnate from Champaign-Urbana who first stepped forward
to purchase the team this year before Kroenke exercised a last-minute right of first refusal to buy the franchise.
Said Khan in a statement today:
I have nothing but best wishes for Stan Kroenke as the new controlling
owner of the St. Louis Rams. I have gotten to know Stan very well this
year, I admire his success and I am certain he will be an excellent
owner for the Rams, the National Football League and the St. Louis
community. I'll always appreciate the trust Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia
Rodriguez put in me, and I thank Commissioner Roger Goodell and team
owners for their professional approach in everything related to the sale
process. This adventure didn't turn out the way I had hoped, but it was
otherwise a worthwhile experience in every respect and I'll always be a
fan of the St. Louis Rams.