London, Denver may be contingencies for Kroenke if LA falls through
Should Rams owner Stan Kroenke be prevented from moving the team to LA, the league is considering other potential contingencies to allow him to leave St. Louis.
Rams owner Stan Kroenke is fixated on moving his franchise to Los Angeles for 2016, and the prospect of remaining in St. Louis for any extended period of time does not appeal to him. Should he lose out to the Chargers and Raiders on the rights to the LA market, the league knows it would have to work actively to find other solutions for Kroenke, which could include possibly London or Denver, according to league sources.
Kroenke already has business interests in England, and he owns the powerful London-based soccer club Arsenal, which has lavish training grounds and world-class facilities. Colorado serves as Kroenke's base, and his family already has extensive sports interests there as well, owning the Nuggets and Avalanche. The future ownership makeup of the Broncos is very much in doubt when long-term patriarch Pat Bowlen passes on.
For his part, Kroenke has not considered options outside of Los Angeles, and sources close to him say that while they have heard chatter regarding other potential fall-back plans from the league's perspective, it's not something the owner has actively mulled or taken part in.
Frankly, no market could offer the location, amenities and entertainment options of LA, and Kroenke already spends time there at his Malibu home. However, he is at the mercy of a voting process regarding relocation, and the decisions made on which teams get to LA is largely out of his hands. Should he not be allowed to move, the NFL is going to have to deal with the long-term future of the Rams franchise. Numerous well-connected ownership sources have continued to point to a potential move to London or the possibility of Kroenke perhaps purchasing the Broncos down the road and selling the Rams to an investor looking to keep the team in St. Louis as possible endgames to what has been a complicated and arduous process.
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