I hope you converted those “Greatest Show on Turf” tapes to DVD. Professional football in St. Louis is dead, and don’t expect a return this time. NFL owners voted Tuesday night to move the St. …
I hope you converted those “Greatest Show on Turf” tapes to DVD.
Professional football in St. Louis is dead, and don’t expect a return this time.
NFL owners voted Tuesday night to move the St. Louis Rams — and potentially, the San Diego Chargers — to the L.A. suburb of Inglewood, where Rams owner Stan Kroenke is set to build a billion-dollar stadium.
Despite being the only city among the three franchises looking to move — the Oakland Raiders being the third — that came up with a semi-viable stadium plan, St. Louis will watch its NFL franchise leave for the second time in 28 years.
But that never really mattered.
Here are the estimated net worths of Raiders owner Mark Davis, Charger owner Dean Spanos and Kroenke:
If money talks, Spanos’ and Kroenke’s bank accounts sound like jet engines.
It should come as no surprise that the richest man of the group got what he wanted, because more money equals less liability.
Fellow owners won’t be worrying about Kroenke getting his bills paid on time, or giving him a loan if he wants new lightbulbs.
And that was always more important than the viability of a stadium in a middling market like St. Louis
So while the St. Louis riverfront stadium looked good on paper, it was only a matter of time until Kroenke’s billions and dreams of football back in L.A. convinced league owners to move the Rams.
This was always the worst-case scenario for St. Louis fans after Kroenke took full control of the Rams in 2010.
Early last year, it was announced that Kroenke was planning on building his Inglewood stadium, right around the same time he used a flaw in the Rams’ lease to go year-to-year in the Edward Jones Dome, all but guaranteeing the move.
Kroenke ducked out of the public view five years ago like a high schooler hoping enough missed calls would let his girlfriend know he was done.
He ran the team into the ground and used the lack of support as evidence of lack of fandom.
The St. Louis stadium task force, led by Dave Peacock, will probably continue to beat the drum for a new stadium in hopes of future expansion or relocation.
The group would have better luck betting on the Blues to win the Stanley Cup, but neither is happening in our lifetimes.
Whether true or not, St. Louis is known as a failed football town.
Even if an owner wanted to move and didn’t want a bigger market like London or Toronto, the idea that St. Louis can’t support football will become a reality among many casual fans, keeping any suitors away.
But cheer up.
Pitchers and catchers report in 32 days.