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Don’t expect the Rams or Kroenke to move anywhere except L.A.

London and Denver are both simply too good to be true.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Rams owner Stan Kroenke. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

On Sunday morning, Jason La Canfora of CBS reported that Stan Kroenke could either move the Rams to London or sell the Rams and buy the Broncos if they are beaten to Los Angeles by the Chargers and Raiders. It makes sense in theory. Stan Kroenke, who owns the Rams, also owns Arsenal FC, the London-based Premier League team. His family also owns both the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets, making Denver a town in which Kroenke would likely have interest in. However, neither of those places make sense for a football team.

Although getting a team to London is certainly a dream of the NFL’s, doing so would only happen in the distant future, likely well over a decade from now. Although International Series games in London have been successful, there are multiple problems with a team playing permanently in the city. There isn’t necessarily a stadium that could permanently house such a team–Wembley Stadium is used for the International Series games but likely couldn’t handle eight full games. Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium which recently agreed to host two NFL games per year for ten years after it opens in 2018, likely cannot host more than that as Tottenham Hotspur play in it during the NFL season.

There’s also the issue of travel. NFL teams can handle going to London and back once a year, but a team doing so numerous times would likely be put at a disadvantage. Crossing five time zones (at minimum) on every road trip isn’t going to be popular with anyone.

Buying the Broncos makes more sense, but it also requires the Broncos to be sold. Though it’s possible that the team is sold when current owner Pat Bowlen passes, nobody knows what will happen then. Even if it were to be sold, Kroenke would have to go through the process of selling the Rams in time to bid on the Broncos, then outbid everybody to buy the Broncos. That’s a lot of dominoes falling his way.

For Kroenke, it seems like it’ll be L.A. or bust. London and Denver are both simply too good to be true.

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