St. Louis Rams Ownership in Doubt as Stan Kroenke Tries to Sell Team to His Wife

May 10, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Rams ownership confusion seems to have taken a turn for the worse.  Evidently, Stan Kroenke appeared before the NFL finance committee last week in New York City.  He made a quite convoluted proposition there.  Specifically, he would use his contractual right of first refusal, and his wife Ann Walton Kroenke would buy the Rams.
Sources inside the NFL question whether this proposal will pass muster.  In all honesty, it does look like a cheap trick.  How can Kroenke exercise his contractual right of first refusal on behalf of his wife, and at the same time pretend that there is a legal distinction between his property holdings and her own?  Such strained logic would almost certainly give Shahid Khan an opportunity for a legal challenge.
Neither the NFL nor Stan Kroenke have given public comments on the proposal as yet.
Analysts seem to believe that this proposal flaunts the cross-ownership rule more than it avoids it.  Several exp...

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