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SBD/Issue 168/FranchisesPrint All
Rams Co-Owner Confirms That Groups Have
Reached Out To Him About Buying Team
OWNING UP: In St. Louis, Bryan Burwell writes Rosenbloom said that he is "not shopping the team, and that's precisely what the city deserved. That was the 800-pound elephant that was standing in the middle of the room since the day Rosenbloom took over the franchise. Rosenbloom kept saying that as long as he owns the Rams, they're safe in St. Louis, but no one ever denied the team was for sale." Burwell: "That doesn't mean that somewhere down the line Rosenbloom won't sell the team, but with an airtight lease with the city that guarantees at least eight more years in the Edward Jones Dome -- and a clear-cut promise from the new owner -- the fear that someone was once again on the verge of committing franchise grand larceny against this football community should officially be put to bed" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 5/21). Also in St. Louis, Jeff Gordon writes speculation of a sale "will dog Rosenbloom constantly, since he isn't a football guy at heart and he has no real allegiance to St. Louis." But Gordon writes, "We have no real reason to doubt Rosenbloom. Nothing in his background suggests he would mislead St. Louisians, even for business purposes. We can only judge him by his actions, which so far have been positive. But business is what it is. ... Rams fans should be aware, and wary" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 5/21).
Daly Says Conflicting Dates For
Detroit Fans Were Unavoidable
BLAME CANADA? ESPN.com's Eric Adelson wrote while the NHL "gets a mulligan for scheduling" the Amp Energy Winter Classic against college football bowl games on January 1, it now has committed a "far worse offense: The first three games of the Stanley Cup finals will be played at the same time as Games 3, 4 and 5 of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals." NHL VP/Media Relations Frank Brown said of the scheduling, "We have rights-holders. CBC has aired 'Hockey Night in Canada' on Saturday night for 50 years." But Adelson wrote does "anyone really think the Knicks and Rangers would be pitted against each other three times in six playoff nights?" Brown said the scheduling overlap is "one of those freakish things that happen" (ESPN.com, 5/20).
Spurs Could Switch Airlines Carriers After
Being Stranded On Tarmac In New Orleans