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RAMS DENY DEAL WITH ST. LOUIS -- ANAHEIM CONTINUES PURSUIT
Published November 28, 1994
Rams President John Shaw denied a report that a deal has been made to sell 40% of the Rams to MO businessman Stan Kroenke and to move the team to St. Louis. Shaw: "No deal has been reached, nothing is imminent, we continue to negotiate" (Jon Morgan, Baltimore SUN, 11/25). Kroenke's lawyer, Alan Bornstein, reiterated Shaw's comments, adding the report was "premature." Bornstein: "We are not at the point where it can be said that an agreement has been reached." The deal reportedly would give Kroenke 40% of the team for $60M, with the first right to buy the team if Rams Owner Georgia Frontiere decides to sell. Bornstein said an announcement on the team could come in "days, weeks, or perhaps never, depending on how several matters unfold" (Mike Reilly, L.A. TIMES, 1/24). Will McDonough reports an announcement to move to St. Louis "will be made within the next two weeks, and when the Rams do make the announcement they will go to the NFL and ask for a vote of approval" ("NFL Live," NBC, 11/24). In Baltimore, Vito Stellino writes the Rams may wait until after the season, as Shaw has a "reputation for dragging things out as he takes care of the financial details" (Baltimore SUN, 11/27). ONE LAST CHANCE: Save the Rams, the civic group trying to keep the team in Anaheim, will meet with Shaw on Tuesday to review the group's latest offer. Save the Rams spokesperson Leigh Steinberg said the group is "seriously pursuing private funding for a new football-only stadium" if the Rams will commit to stay in the Orange County area. Shaw said the team "would consider a short term lease" at their current home in Anaheim if "it included the promise of a new stadium and other considerations" (Himmelberg & Mouchard, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 11/26). MUHLEMAN PROFILED: Seat-licensing guru Max Muhleman is profiled in Saturday's ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. Muhleman talks of selling the idea to the Hornets, Panthers, and now to FANS, Inc. in St. Louis. One NFL observer said Muhleman "could sell Sand in the Sahara" (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/26).