He is God’s gift to St. Louis, he loves Missouri to a fault, he could never betray the poor souls who live in the Midwest, and he doesn’t care about St. Louis’s inability to build a modern stadium or the billions of dollars to be earned in the Los Angeles market.
You do not get to become a billionaire and owner of a professional sports franchise by being stupid. Stan Kroenke may be dedicated to Missouri and St. Louis right now (while he is trying to get a new stadium), but so was Georgia in the early 1990s as well.
I have to say, I am absolutely sick and tired of hearing about how dedicated Mr. Kroenke is to the city of St. Louis. Yes, he helped Georgia move the team to St. Louis in order to gain a (then) minority share in the team, but if the Rams were in Los Angeles, Baltimore, or Istanbul do you think he would care? Of course not! The man owns a soccer team halfway around the world for goodness sake! All he cares about, is making money and makings sure the franchises he owns are as valuable and profitable as possible. Last time I checked, St. Louis has no NBA team and has an NBA-ready arena, if Kroenke loved St. Louis so much, why wouldn’t he just up and move the Denver Nuggets there? Or, why would he not sell the Colorado Avalanche and attempt to purchase the St. Louis Blues (they are, I believe, currently for sale)? The reason is, it does not make financial sense to do so. If he were to move his NBA team to St. Louis, it would probably go down in value and would not be as profitable as the team is in Denver. For the NHL, we can actually see that the Colorado Avalanche is more valuable than the St. Louis Blues and has brought in more revenue in the past. It is evident that the man is not as dedicated to St. Louis as people say he is and is indeed dedicated to improving his own personal bottom line.
So how does the Rams fit into all of this? Well, if he is concerned about nothing more than the financial big picture, Los Angeles is the place for him. There is consensus among analysts that an NFL team in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area would increase its value substantially and would bring in an incredible amount of revenue and profits (especially if it is the only football team in the market). The Rams are currently the 29th most valuable team in the NFL (out of 32) according to Forbes at 779 million dollars. If the Rams were to move home, the team could possibly double in value and would bring in an incredible amount money. Stan Kroenke bought into the Rams at the right time: the team wasn’t worth too much thanks in part to Georgia’s efforts to run the team into the ground and move from the second largest market in the country to St. Louis. He now has the opportunity to make an extremely large amount of money by moving the team back to Los Angeles. It’s a no-brainer . . . St. Louis better hope Mr. Kroenke was dropped on his head a few times when he was a baby.