Kroenke could face ownership issues again if he gets Dodgers

Stan Kroenke navigated the tricky rules that exist for NFL owners when it comes to cross-ownership rules involving franchises in other major sports.

Now, he’s one of three finalists to purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers, and that is creating another possible obstacle for the man who assumed full control of the St. Louis Rams about a year ago.

The issue was raised at the NFL owners meetings

"Yes, and (Kroenke's) aware of that," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Baseball's aware of that. It would have to be addressed by our membership."

In fact, Goodell has already spoken with Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig on the matter.

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

It gets real interesting here and Thomas covers the subject well. Per the report, even though the NFL doesn’t have a team in Los Angeles, it could consider L.A. a league market. In that case, owning the Rams in St. Louis and the Dodgers in L.A. would violate the league’s cross-ownership rules. Kroenke satisfied these rules before with the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL and Denver Nuggets of the NBA by transferring ownership of those franchises to his wife.

But if Kroenke were to move the Rams to Los Angeles, it would not violate rules because the Rams and Dodgers would be in the same market.

That right there should make Rams fans – concerned about the lease situation at the Edward Jones Dome and a potential move – wonder where this thing is headed. There is ample land at Dodger Stadium for the development of – you guessed it – a football stadium.

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