RAMS EXTRAS

Kroenke could face NFL issue if he buys Dodgers

2012-03-27T10:40:00Z 2012-03-27T12:54:49Z Kroenke could face NFL issue if he buys DodgersBY JIM THOMAS stltoday.com
March 27, 2012 10:40 am  • 

PALM BEACH, FLA. — If Rams owner Stan Kroenke is successful in his bid to purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, that would raise cross-ownership issues, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday.

"Yes, and (Kroenke's) aware of that," Goodell said at the league owners meetings. "Baseball's aware of that. It would have to be addressed by our membership."

Goodell revealed Monday that he already has talked to baseball Commissioner Bud Selig on the topic.

"If (Kroenke's) is ultimately the winning bid, we would immediately move with our committees to have a discussion with our membership. So we would move as quickly as possible knowing it's an important issue for baseball."

NFL cross-ownership rules allow a league owner to own teams in other major sports leagues (baseball, basketball, hockey) but only in his or her own NFL market or in a non-NFL market.

According to Goodell on Monday, even though Los Angeles doesn't currently have an NFL franchise, "We do consider it a league market."

In which case, owning the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Rams would violate cross-ownership rules.

But if Kroenke should move the Rams to LA, he would be in compliance with cross-ownership rules because the Dodgers and the Rams would be in the same market. And this, obviously makes Rams fans even more antsy about the future of the team in St. Louis given the current stadium lease situation at the Edward Jones Dome.

Kroenke is one of three finalists to purchase the Dodgers, with the winning bid expected to be announced in early April. There is plenty of real estate on the Dodger Stadium site to build a football stadium.

"We've often said that's an extraordinary stadium site up at Dodger Stadium, and it's something that we were interested in going back to the '90s," Goodell said.

However, it might take the better part of a decade to get a football stadium built on that site.

In addition, the NFL and Kroenke were able to reach an accommodation on cross-ownership with respect to the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL and the Denver Nuggets of the NBA when Kroenke assumed controlling interest of the Rams nearly two years ago.

So it's possible the same thing could happen if Kroenke is successful in his Dodgers bid.

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