St. Louis Is The NFL’s New Bargaining Chip

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Outside of a miracle, The NFL cannot escape the coming storm that involves the lawsuit that is coming from St. Louis. We all know how shady and corrupt the NFL and their associates can be. Remember when the NFL sent the charlatan known as Eric Grubman to St. Louis to help “guide us” to a solution to retain the Rams? Well we all know that was a farce and coordinated dog and pony show for our entertainment. There was never any interest in keeping or allowing St. Louis the opportunity to keep the Rams. The Rams organization and the NFL coordinated the effort to move the team out of the St. Louis market in order to cash in on Los Angeles the number 2 market in the nation. Smart business if you ask me but, the way it was done was dirty as all get out.

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  In 2013 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was quoted on Stan Kroenke buying a 60 acre parcel of land which has now become the building site for his new mega palace in LA  “He has kept us informed of it; we’re aware of it,” Goodell said. “Stan is a very successful developer,”  “He has billions of dollars of projects that are going on around the country in real estate development. So I think instead of overreacting, we should make sure we do what’s necessary to continue to support the team locally as the fans have done in St. Louis. And make sure we do whatever we can to make sure that team is successful in the St. Louis market.” “There are no plans to my knowledge of a stadium development. Anything that would require any kind of stadium development requires multiple votes of the membership.”

So that was a blatant lie and they knew it going in.

The fix was in from the beginning by the NFL not allowing St. Louis any time and giving them a very narrow window to organize a counter effort to keep the team. Much to the NFL’s chagrin, St. Louis managed to not just “cobble” together a manageable or actionable plan but, an actual VIABLE plan in the city’s core, in downtown along the riverfront of the Mississippi to the tune of 1+ billion dollars (400 million in tax money). I will tell you that the NFL never expected St. Louis to actually come up with a plan within the very short window that was given (Just a few months) let alone a viable plan that was signed sealed and delivered. So what did the NFL and Stan Kroenke do in response to this plan? They viciously attacked the St. Louis market and released the hounds on the region and market stating that St. Louis is “Only a baseball town” “The proposal is inadequate” or my favorite from Stan was “I will not stand here and be a victim”.

Victim? Stan Kroenke? The NFL? REALLY? How about the fans? How about the market and region you so callously left behind in your egregious pursuit of LA and its money? We all knew during this process the NFL was always going to be the winners of this debacle. St. Louis was never expected to compete with Stan’s LA vision AT ALL. Considering all roadblocks that were put in place since 1995. Yeah, I said 1995. How you ask? When the Rams were wooed here by city officials in 1994 to relocate to St. Louis in 95 then owner Georgia Frontiere wanted nothing to do with St. Louis, she wanted to move to Baltimore but, being the fact that St. Louis had built a 100% taxpayer-funded stadium in the TWA dome to house the now-defunct St. Louis Stallions expansion franchise that was promised to St. Louis in 1993, the stadium had no one to fill it so St. Louis gave Georgia nearly $60 million dollars as a gift to bring the team to St. Louis plus all the PSL money as well plus most of the parking, concessions and other usages. The Rams only paid approximately $25,000 per game to use the TWA/Ed Jones Dome facilities and the St. Louis CVC who owned the dome, operated at a consistent loss during the Rams tenure in St. Louis.

The lease that St. Louis had with the Rams was such a great deal, and that the Dome at the time was the greatest revenue generating facility in the NFL at that time. Once the dust had settled and other stadiums were built around the NFL, the Ed became outdated by the NFL’s standards very quickly. In other words the NFL wasn’t making a killing in St. Louis anymore so as early as 2002 the NFL, Stan Kroenke, the Rams organization were all planning a possible exit strategy to jettison the city of St. Louis to bounce back to LA, which keeps in mind that Stan Kroenke sat on the LA NFL committee to figure out the LA conundrum. Oh he figured it out alright, they all did. They knew as soon as Georgia has passed away in 2008 Stan had the right of first refusal on any offer presented for the sale of the franchise of which he exercised. Once Stan bought the remainder of the team in 2010 the plan was set into motion and the path was set, get to LA by any means necessary.

Silent Stan was harder to find in St. Louis than an intersection without a Walgreens or CVS. When the snaky specter of Enos Stanley Kroenke reared his toupee covered head in 2010 to announce his purchase of the team he stated that he was making every effort to keep the team in St. Louis just like he made every effort to bring the team to the market in 1995. Once again the Ghost of Kroenke hovered over the press conference during the announcement of the hiring of new coach Jeff Fisher damn well knowing what was on the tips of everyone’s tongue. “Are you attempting to move the team?” he reiterated his attempt to help keep the team in St. Louis. Stan said after buying the team in 2010 “There’s a track record, I’ve always stepped up for pro football in St. Louis. And I’m stepping up one more time.” “I’m born and raised in Missouri,” Kroenke said. “I’ve been a Missourian for 60 years. People in our state know me. People know I can be trusted. People know I am an honorable guy.” How funny that just 5 years later this was Trusty Old Missouri Guy Stan’s assessment of the St. Louis market (St. Louis) “lags, and will continue to lag, far behind in the economic drivers that are necessary for sustained success of an NFL franchise,” “Compared to all other U.S. cities, St. Louis is struggling,” “Any NFL Club that signs on to this proposal in St. Louis will be well on the road to
financial ruin, and the League will be harmed.” If you would like to view the full document please feel free to follow the link but, reader beware, it is filled with inaccuracies, false statements and outright lies about the market.

STATEMENT OF REASONS IN SUPPORT OF THE RAMS’ APPLICATION TO RELOCATE TO LOS ANGELES

The years following the rare Kroenke sighting in 2012, Enos, was never seen again in the city of St. Louis only his minion Kevin Demoff DemoffRamswas going around St. Louis media outlets trying to squelch the consistent rumors of the team relocating. “Expect the team to be here in St. Louis” Demoff said on an interview with 101 ESPN St. Louis.

 

 

As you can see and hear it was an all-out lie from the beginning. Stan sent his lackey to do his bidding which was a miserable attempt to calm the St. Louis fan base so the team could maximize revenue in St. Louis and squeeze the fans and the city out of every last possible dollar to be had before launching themselves headlong to LA. Bernie & Randy The Podcast get deep into the feelings about the Rams relocating.

 

Only problem was this, after the move was announced on January 12th 2016, Enos and his mini-me Demoff, held a presser in LA bragging about the process of the move which dug themselves deeper into a rabbit hole for the legal team in St. Louis that was waiting with bated breath for Silent Stan and his tag-alongs to hang themselves with the proverbial noose, it was only a matter of time before their excitement got the better of them.

Part two is coming soon stay tuned!

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N The Zone SEASON 3 – Kelsey Nicole Nelson 05-07-18

Kelsey Nicole Nelson (@therealknelson), award-winning sports radio and television personality, one of the hardest working and bright reporters today, joins Palmer Alexander talking about her interview with LaVar Ball and how that came too. Also, her time working on the sidelines for various teams in the Mid-Atlantic, along with the Big East Network and Georgetown Hoyas women’s basketball team. Plus she talks about her work in the community and that has impacted her career while it’s still on the rise.

You can catch her weekly show, “Listen In with KNN” on Fox Sports 96.9 FM & 1340 AM every Tuesday and Thursday.

N The Zone SEASON 3 – Kelsey Nicole Nelson w/ Palmer Alexander

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N The Zone Season 3 episode – 04-01-18

Brand new episode of N The Zone to start the month of April…

No. This is not an April Fools joke.

 

The Monologue 04-01-18

The Livn Legend returns with another edition of “The Monologue.” This time talking new season of the St. Louis Cardinals and does NOT go after Mike Matheny. WHAT? So he turned his attention to a conversation he had with a friend about race in the city of St. Louis. Then he turned his attention to a time last year where THIS show was going to partner with another podcast network, and how it was dissed by the network’s founder in the direction it would go. The Livn Legend unleashed. NOTE: The following contains language that some might find objectionable. Parental discretion is advised.

Autumn Marie – The WWE Diva Report 04-01-18

The Livn Legend’s daughter Autumn Marie joins the show to give the first edition of “The WWE Diva Report.” She gives insight on the latest on the WWE Women’s division leading up to Wrestlemania…along with a major hot take on a highly publicized (yet unscheduled) match between John Cena and The Undertaker. City to city, state to state, worldwide! We’re bringing the youth to N The Zone! The following segment is sponsored by Our Lady of Perpetual Health.

Tina Delish (Sports Life Magazine) 04-01-18

Tina Delish, contributor of Sports Life Magazine/Radio talks sports, cannabis, events and more from the digital publication with Palmer.

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As always, we’re going city to city, state to state, worldwide! It’s not a podcast, THIS. IS. THE NETWORK!

N The Zone Season 3 episodes

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N The Zone SEASON 3 – Phil Allen 03-06-18

The King of Mt. Airy Phil Allen joins Palmer Alexander to (OF COURSE) talk about the high that he continues to be on now that his Philadelphia Eagles are World Champions. In addition, discussing about the rise of the Sixers and possibly how scary this team could become in the future. This segment is sponsored by Mattress by Appointment Maryland Heights.

N The Zone SEASON 3 – Maurice Drummond 03-06-18

KMOV sports director Maurice Drummond joins Palmer to talk about the Cardinals and Spring Training, Twitter, career reflections and Ozzie Smith. This segment is sponsored by Rich Girls, Real Women Incorporated and Mattress by Appointment Maryland Heights.

N The Zone SEASON 3 – Bauce (IN-STUDIO) 03-06-18

Bauce joins the show IN-STUDIO with Palmer and the A-Train to give his thoughts on the Raiders leaving Oakland. Back in 2015, he was on the front line pushing hard for the Raiders to stay in Oakland. Bauce didn’t hold back and pulled no punches in this interview. This segment is sponsored by Mattress by Appointment Maryland Heights.

NOTE: The following segment contains language that some will find objectionable. Parental discretion is advised.

N The Zone SEASON 3 – Open and The Monologue 02-21-18

We’re back with a fresh new episode of N The Zone. We talk about incorporating new things to the show and gave a recap on what has went on since our hiatus. And then, Palmer delivers another history lesson in “The Monologue.” Find out who and what was said because he said a lot (remember we were out for a while) so give it a listen. Sponsored by Mattress by Appointment Maryland Heights.

NOTE: The following contains language that some find objectionable. Parental discretion is advised…we’re back!

N The Zone SEASON 3 – Kellen Goodwin 02-21-18

Friend of the show Kellen Goodwin of (the title sponsor of the show) Mattress by Appointment – Maryland Heights joins The A-Train to talk about how he got the business started, the deals to offer and why should you trust him for your next mattress. Plus we sprinkle in some sports conversation as well.

 

 

 

N The Zone Takeover on Girl Chat Sports

Well not really…

But myself and Palmer Alexander joined Melissa Ferris on their podcast. We touched on a lot in just one hour of time. Plus there was a surmountable amount of laughs spread within the hour. It was a lot of fun.

We touched on Marvin Lewis, Jon Gruden’s chances with the Raiders, medical marijuana in professional sports, professional sports in Las Vegas, NFL Wild Card weekend, the all-SEC national championship, and the NBA. Plus we give a shoutout to co-host Stephanie Washington.

Check out the links here below.

Girl Chat Sports Episode 61 on Podomatic

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Happy New Year from “N The Zone”

Yes, folks. It’s 2018. 

Big things are happening with the “N The Zone” Network. 

We hope that you will be with us on the journey.

It has been awhile since posting but if you haven’t heard the news…here it is.

  1. Beginning this Saturday, January 6th, N The Zone is broadcasting LIVE! Yes, it’s been overdue and now is a great time to start doing some LIVE shows. Right now we are working at making sure we get re-airings of the LIVE broadcast. So…you can now find us at Ferguson Hot Talk Radio from 10AM to 12PM. We’ll have that information on the Facebook and Twitter pages.  
  2. Palmer and I will be joining the ladies of Girl Chat Sports podcast this week. Make sure you listen in for that. 
  3. Also, for the first time we are re-airing the 2017 WBCBL National Championship between the St. Louis Surge and Georgia Soul. I had the pleasure of doing play-by-play, while Palmer and our newcomer Ashley Wright provided color commentary. It’s now available for download…just click HERE

We appreciate your support as we can continue to build upon the Network…and don’t forget to check out the shows through our network Twitter handle.

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Catch Up With the “RSMS Social Justice” Podcast – 6/7/17

ICYMI…

Here is the complete list for all of the Rockwood South Middle School “Social Justice” podcasts. Hear the young ladies’ thoughts on various topics that happened with them while they were in school. It’s good conversation that children and adults can gain something from. Also included in this list is an interview from Dr. Terry Harris and Brittany Hogan from the Rockwood School District.

N The Zone Youth – Rockwood South Middle School Social Justice Show – Episode 1

N The Zone Youth – Rockwood South Middle School Social Justice Show – Episode 2

N The Zone Youth – Rockwood South Middle School Social Justice Show – Episode 3

N The Zone Youth – Rockwood South Middle School Social Justice Show – Episode 4

N The Zone Youth – Rockwood South Middle School Social Justice Show – Episode 5

N The Zone Youth – Rockwood South Middle School Social Justice Show – Episode 6

N The Zone Youth – Rockwood South Middle School Social Justice Show – Episode 7

N The Zone Youth – Terry Harris and Brittany Hogan 04-24-17 (from 10-16-16)