Kroenke Approved As Rams Majority Owner

The St. Louis Rams have just announced that E. Stanley Kroenke was approved this morning in a vote by the National Football League's owners to become the majority owner of the team, the seventh majority owner in the team's 73-year history.

The press release just sent out by the Rams:

"Stan has been a familiar and respected figure in the National Football League for more than 15 years," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "He is a proven businessman and has experienced success in all of his sports franchises, as well as serving as a responsible community leader. We look forward to him continuing to uphold the goals and values of the NFL as he becomes the majority owner of the St. Louis Rams."

Prior to becoming the majority owner of the Rams, Kroenke was the minority owner of the team. He was vital in the effort to bring professional football back to St. Louis in 1995. With his real estate development expertise, Kroenke was instrumental in the building of Rams Park, now known as the Russell Training Center.

"We are delighted with today's vote by NFL owners. It is one of the very high points of our long association with the NFL," Kroenke said. "We look forward to working with our fellow owners and Commissioner Goodell as the transaction is finalized and in the years ahead.

"The Rosenbloom family deserves our thanks for all their efforts on behalf of a great football organization and a great city.

"Building organizations that win consistently is a challenge that we understand. We are excited about the opportunity as principal owner of the St. Louis Rams."

"Fifteen years ago, my family entered a partnership with Stan Kroenke and it has been a wonderful relationship," Chip Rosenbloom said. "Although today is an emotional day and the end of an era for or family, it is also the beginning of a new chapter in the rich history of the St. Louis Rams. We look forward to Stan continuing the great tradition of the organization. On behalf of my sister Lucia and our entire family, we congratulate Stan and the Kroenke family on becoming the majority owner of the Rams."

Kroenke currently is the owner of the Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Denver Nuggets (NBA), the Colorado Rapids (MLS) and the Colorado Mammoth (NLL). He is also the largest shareholder of Arsenal FC of the English Premier League.

Kroenke's extensive business interests include serving as chairman and owner of The Kroenke Group, a private real estate investment and development company with offices throughout the United States and Canada, with headquarters in Columbia, Mo. Kroenke is one of the nation's leading developers of shopping centers and commercial real estate.

Kroenke has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri and is an active supporter of Mizzou athletic programs. In February 2009, Kroenke was enshrined into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

E. Stanley Kroenke, named after baseball legends Enos Slaughter and Stan Musial, was born in Cole Camp, Mo., and grew up in Mora, Mo. Stan and his wife, Ann, have a daughter, Whitney, and a son, Josh.

Owners of the Rams since 1937

1937 – 1941 Homer Marshman
1941 – 1972 Daniel F. Reeves
1972 – 1972 Robert Irsay
1972 – 1979 Carroll Rosenbloom
1979 – 2008 Georgia Frontiere
2008 – 2010 Chip Rosenbloom
2010 -- E. Stanley Kroenke

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