Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke's controversial path to the Super Bowl and ongoing feud

The Los Angeles Rams take on the Cincinnati Bengals in tonight's Super Bowl 56, with Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke hoping to lift the NFL's biggest prize at the stadium he has made a reality

GB About: Arsenal Publish: 02/13/2022 Edit: 02/13/2022 Author: Gardener

Stan Kroenke'sThe Los Angeles Rams take on the Cincinnati Bengals later tonight in Super Bowl 56, with Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke hoping to lift the NFL's biggest prize at the stadium he's made a reality. Stan Kroenke is poised to lead his team to a historic sporting triumph later today. Unfortunately for Arsenal fans, it's the Los Angeles Rams who are just one game away from sporting immortality when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl 56. It's the second time in just three years that the Rams have played under the leadership of offensive genius Sean McVay -- have reached the top of the National Football League. In 2019, Kroenke watched as his team was choked and crushed by the New England Patriots in a defensive performance that will live forever. Who will win Super Bowl 56, the Rams or the Bengals? The Rams can end a 38-year wait for an LA team to win the Super Bowl But at home, the Rams can end a 38-year wait for NFL glory in Los Angeles and go into the game as heavy favorites. Ahead of the biggest game in the NFL, Mirror Football took a look at the 74-year-old billionaire's journey with the Rams - which could culminate overnight at SoFi Stadium. 11 years later, the same year the Raiders relocated to Oakland, Kroenke bought an interest in the Rams, who had also relocated - this time from California to St. Louis. In 2010, Kroenke became full owner of the franchise, promising St. Louis well wishers that he would "try to do whatever I can to keep the Rams in St. Louis." Kroenke was slandered after taking the Rams out of St. Luis. In the years that followed, there were broken promises and finger pointing from both Kroenke and local authorities over plans to build an all-purpose stadium in Missouri. Taxpayers agreed to fund an £800million stadium to keep the team in the city, but in January 2016 it was confirmed they would be returning to the City of Angels. Kroenke said: "This decision is about what is in the best long-term interests of the Rams organization and the National Football League. Arsenal fans know a thing or two about the city of St. Louis' disdain for Kroenke NFL bosses were quick to underwrite the plans to finally make a footprint in one of the country's biggest markets. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay accused the NFL of "ignoring facts and ignoring fan loyalty." Gunners fans can regularly be heard saying, "We want our arsenal back." But for the entire city of St. Louis, they were literally left without a team. Authorities filed a 52-page lawsuit after the move in 2017, and it wasn't until late last year that Kroenke and the Rams had to settle for $790 million. The NFL may have helped sanction the cross-country move, but the five-year feud with the city of St. Louis has led to widespread friction between the league and the team that could top it Monday morning. In the last few days before the settlement, Sports Business Journal received emails from Kroenke's representatives that suggested they didn't have the kind of assurances they would be adequately supported should the case go through what was announced in January 2022 as trial was planned. "If we continue to receive no assurances from the league regarding apportionment (of damages), we will have no choice but to attempt to resolve the case solely on behalf of the Rams and Mr. Kroenke," the E -Mail according to SBJ I want participation of all - or an assurance from the league that a settlement will be allocated fairly. But we have not yet received that assurance, nor any suggestion that the league will attempt to resolve the case and address the allocation later." NFL owners are a bonded breed, and for Kroenke, going it alone was considered considered major intervention for which many of his peers may not have universally appreciated. For Arsenal and Emirates Stadium, change the LA Rams and stunning SoFi Stadium SoFi Stadium, home of the Rams and venue of Super Bowl 56. The final bill The 70,000-seat stadium was valued at more than $5 billion before the Rams and neighbors Chargers finally moved in at the start of the 2020 Covid season. But Kroenke's colleagues in the NFL's boardrooms needed an additional $500 million in May 2020 agree to get the project over the line after already going into the league cap in hand Challenge w raise $400 million. But while Arsenal wait to bring a Premier League title to their new stadium, Kroenke's other venture could achieve that feat in just its second season after moving from the famed LA Memorial Coliseum. Much of the anger at KSE's ownership of Arsenal stems from a perceived lack of ambition in terms of building a team capable of winning the biggest prizes. Arsenal have not won a league title since arriving in the capital and have now spent five years outside the Champions League. To close their gap with the Premier League's best, Mikel Arteta and Edu have implemented a transfer strategy focused on signing young players and allowing them to flourish. That's in direct contrast to the Rams, who have torn up the rulebook on NFL recruiting and are going in the opposite direction to nearly all 31 other teams. Rams owner Stan Kroenke, along with head coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead The annual draft, which allows teams to pick the best collegiate players, is the central facet of every team in the NFL — except for the Rams. Under general manager Les Snead, they haven't used a single first-round pick on a college prospect, instead trading assets to sign established stars. In addition to premium picks, the Rams parted ways with second and third place picks to gain players like Von Miller and Sony Michel, all of whom will play key roles in Sunday's showdown. He couldn't be more correct and it shows a stark contrast to Kroenke's Premier League outfit.

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