The Derek King Sports Show: EPISODE 2 03-11-19

On the latest episode of “The Derek King Sports Show,” STL has the NFL, they just don’t know it yet. Derek discusses the current and past lawsuits involving NFL relocation.

The Derek King Sports Show – EPISODE 2 “STL Has The NFL, They Just Don’t Know It”

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N The Zone SEASON 4 – The Monologue, special guest Natasha Gransberry (The Gransberry Chronicles) 02-12-19

In this week’s edition of “The Monologue,” The Livn Legend tells you why Isaac Bruce should be in the Hall of Fame right now over Tony Gonzalez, who was named a Hall of Famer at the NFL Honors ceremony Super Bowl weekend.

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N The Zone SEASON 4 – The Monologue 02-12-19

Back on the show this week, Natasha Gransberry (@TheGransberry) of The Gransberry Chronicles and author of The Gransberry Gridiron Guide joins Palmer Alexander talking her recent Super Bowl experience that included some time on the ESPN First Take set.

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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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The NFL Has A Plan For STL

After a few days of watching and reading old news clips, snippets, monologues, articles on everyone’s opinions on the NFL, St. Louis, the NFL in St. Louis and basically everything revolving around that fact. It seems to me that there are many people who blow up their keyboards on social media, regular folks and media personalities telling the reader or listener to “Screw the NFL!” “We don’t need them!” “If they want to come back they can pick up the bill and pay for everything.” All of these statements are valid points and they are completely justified in their feelings towards the matter. The NFL DID KNOWINGLY stick it to STL in the search for ever-increasing revenue streams to flow through the already clotted veins of the NFL’s pulsating black heart.

101 ESPN’s and St. Louis’ very own Randy Karraker has made his feelings very clear about the NFL and what they did to STL and NFL fandom in general. His speech at the NFL relocation hearings in STL from the end of 2015-2016 are something to behold. After the move, his monologue on the “Bernie & Randy” podcast was everything the STL NFL fan felt over this deal. The passion in his words moved this man to tears and to be honest I’m not afraid to state that fact.

I couldn’t attend the hearing because the NFL had capped the attendance at 1000 people with their excuse being that the two other markets (OAK, SD) didn’t have suitable facilities to house the events that had more than a thousand seats. I call bullshit! STL’s showing and rabid support of their fandom and “DIGNITY” showed the NFL that even though Kroenke stacked the deck, even though there was a complete effort on the NFL’s part to get Stan to the luscious lands of LA in his bid to move up the Forbes list. We all could see the writing on the wall, to be honest, we just couldn’t believe that the NFL would be so callous in their attempt to move the franchise back to LA in the face of it all.

Let’s be very clear about something, the NFL and it’s slimy, mangy, cronies never expected STL or the fans to put up much of a fight, much like what happened in SD and OAK. They stacked the deck against STL, pushed the stadium task force to keep moving forward (to the tune of $16 million) with their planning of a new stadium damn well knowing the fact that they (the NFL) had absolutely no intentions on staying in the gateway city. Stan Kroenke, Kevin Demoff, Eric Grubman, and Roger Goodell are all bedfellows in this devious game of musical chairs. LA was granted a seat before the game ever started, so STL was behind the 8-ball from the start. If you’re asking yourself then why the dog and pony show if they just wanted to leave then why not just leave then?

I’ll tell you why…

The NFL knew they couldn’t just up and move out of STL. They had to have justifiable reasoning to do so, regardless of how we feel about it. The NFL had to protect itself during the rigged process so there was no question to the league’s “integrity” and I use that term loosely. Even though the NFL did a masterful job at covering their tracks, the excitement from some in the Rams organization and some outside of it spilled some of the beans on the matter which has led to St. Louis, St. Louis County, and the Regional sports authority to sue Stan Kroenke and the other 31 principal owners in the league for multiple grievances.

Let’s be clear, do I think that STL has a chance to win a lawsuit against the NFL? In any situation there is a chance. That being said it’s minimal at best and the NFL has revenue streams that STL doesn’t have. The real threat is that this could go to discovery, which it has and I will tell you that the NFL has ZERO interest of this ever seeing the light of day. There will be a settlement in the matter, what that entails I do not know, but there will be a settlement.

Now this brings me to the current rumors of the Chargers being linked to a possible St. Louis move. Let me be very clear, this information never gets out unless the NFL wants it out there. This is a ploy by the powers that be within the NFL that want to settle the lawsuit to keep it from going to discovery and open court to protect the league.

I’ll go even further on the Chargers situation in LA. Projected PSL sales weren’t just down, they were drastically lower than anticipated from $400 million to $150 million. The NFL has already had meetings with the ownership groups and are weighing their options on what to do with the team. I’m tired of hearing that they have a 40-year lease and they can leave after 20 so that tells you they’re not leaving, or that the league cannot force the Spanos’ to sell the team.

FALSE.

The NFL can do whatever it wants and they have shown this in forcing out Jerry Richardson, former owner of the Panthers for “Conduct detrimental to the League.” Even though he agreed to sell you know it was hostile. If Dean Spanos went rogue and against league wishes, what do you think they’ll do? Stan Kroenke owns the lease and he can release them anytime he wants. The Chargers will have to start paying their $600+ million dollar relocation fee in 2019 that the league assessed them on their move to LA in 2016. They’ve started pricing their tickets drastically lower than their counterpart in LA, the Rams. Make no mistake, the Chargers are in serious trouble, but that doesn’t mean they will automatically be forced to pick up and move to the Gateway City. What it does mean is that the NFL is vetting their options and considering the lawsuit forcing the NFL into a discovery process they don’t want to be in, in a market that doesn’t support them (LA), their prior market of San Diego won’t have them and even if they could between the Spanos’ and SD they’ve had a dozen or more possible stadium proposals that have never even come close to panning out.

So, if you are the NFL where do you go? Let’s not forget that the Bills are in a bad spot in Buffalo (#53 TV market) with their current and long-standing stadium issues at the Ralph, The Jaguars have been linked to a London move for several years and it looks like current circumstances (Shahid Khan being investigated for corruption in his bid to buy Wembley Stadium) and statements by NFL officials that London looks to be more of an expansion opportunity than relocation so it looks like the Jags will not be moving from Jacksonville (#42 TV market) to London at all. The Jags are very much in play for a relocation as are the Bills and possibly the Chargers.

What other markets are available that are NFL ready as in (Plug and Play) where you can take a team overnight, plug them in and let them go. St. Louis is about it. There are other cities don’t get me wrong and I have stated in interviews and in writing that those particular cities are not ready immediately for NFL football. It would take them at least a year or two to be ready, possibly more.

Lots of people say that everything hinges on the lawsuit between STL and the NFL and I’d agree that it does play a part, but it’s not the whole enchilada. St. Louis is the only market that is NFL ready and that’s a fact. STL was NFL ready and capable when they ripped the Rams away to pad their pockets.

All I’m saying is that at the end of the day the NFL wants to be in St. Louis just for the fact of being in the #21 TV market that won’t infringe on other markets and they know that we have supported our teams even though they said the opposite when they yanked the Rams. Don’t get me wrong, the NFL is worried about the lawsuit, but it’s just a small piece of a much larger puzzle that is being played out and at the end of the day we will slowly hear information coming over the next few months on what the NFL’s grand plan is, because we know it involves money.

Thanks for reading.

Derek King

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A New “Frontiere” In St. Louis, A “Kroenke” Ending

Georgia Frontiere and Stan Kroenke

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After the failed expansion attempts in STL for a new a NFL franchise, city leaders were pushing hard for a reward after piling millions into the nearly open TWA Dome.

Georgia Frontiere was looking for greener pastures out of LA because she couldn’t get a stadium deal done. During the ’94 season the Rams became a lame duck in LA. Attendance tanked, fans tuned out, they saw the writing on the wall. They all knew what was coming and they didn’t even put up a fight (except for a slight few) to try and keep the team. The Rams made an initial attempt to move out of LA which was disapproved by the NFL owners. Then when STL officials were given the go ahead by city leadership to everything necessary to land a franchise in STL they went all out and sold their soul in the process.

Sad thing is and this is just my opinion, St. Louis already had the Rams if they had made a better attempt at negotiating the lease with the Rams, instead they gave up the farm in order to land a team that could’ve been theirs for a lot less than the sweetheart deal that was given. St. Louis payed $15 million in relocation fees, The Rams got a $260 million dollar stadium, a $15 million dollar practice facility in Earth City and a $250,000 yearly lease, St. Louis also ate the Rams’ $30 million debt to LA and all this to land a team in the Lou.

As you can see everybody’s good old buddy Georgia that so desperately wanted to come home to STL to save Football was a farce. She made millions in the process of coming “home” the Rams went from operating at a $9 million dollar loss a year in LA to a $20 million dollar profit a year in STL. Say it ain’t so Georgia! Oh, it be so! So after the slam dunk of expansion just kissed off the rim, officials gave away the farm for magic beans that barely grew and were half rotten.

Enter Kroenke

In ’95 when the team moved Georgia sold a 40% stake in the team to Stanley Enos Kroenke the wealthy real estate tycoon hailing from Columbia, Mo.

He bought the 40% stake for, get this, $60 million. That’s right, you read that correctly. Then when the unfortunate passing of majority owner Georgia Frontiere passed away from cancer in 2008 the Rosenbloom children became de facto owners of a team they didn’t want. They started shopping the team and Shahid Khan places the winning bid to buy the team, but OUTTA NOWHERE COMES STAN KROENKE!!! He put the kibosh on Khan’s attempt to buy the team and exercised his right of first refusal which was in his contract when he bought his 40% share. He purchased the remainder of the Rams for $450 million. If you do the math he’s in to the tune of $510 million on a franchise value at the time in 2010 of $750 million. He knew he was going to move then if not planning contingencies before the fact.

Kroenke was in this for the long haul. He was in this like an investment property, knowing it would triple in value if he moved it to LA LA Land and then he be rolling in it.

Just think of it this way, if it wasn’t for all those untold millions and millions that the Rams made off of the backs of taxpayers they probably wouldn’t have ever sniffed a Super Bowl, let alone make it to the playoffs. That influx of ministry support is what made it float, and when the lake dried up, they pulled anchor and sailed out of town back to LA.

So who was Frontiere? Savior? Money grabber?

What was Kroenke? The Grinch That Stole Football? Ebenezer Scrooge? That piece of food stuck between your teeth?

Frontiere did bring football back to St. Louis albeit selling her soul, or 40% to the devil to get it, well, maybe devil is a little harsh…..then again, no it isn’t.

Thanks for reading.

Derek King

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How the NFL saved St. Louis…by leaving.

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So, I grew up just outside of St. Louis during the 80’s when baseball was king. Whiteyball was in full swing and the Big Red football Cardinals were an after thought.

Terrible football and St. Louis go hand in hand, kind of like coffee and gooey butter cake. The football Cardinals had suffered from long tenures of losing with brief glimpses of success. Yet we showed up to games, we supported a sub-par product being shuffled out onto the field from time to time was rightfully embarrassing to all the fans who were still supporting it.

William “Bill” Bidwell, owner of the St. Louis Football Cardinals had long been dissatisfied with playing second fiddle to the baseball Cardinals, although the latter had very little to no success during the 70’s when the Big Red were at the heights of success winning 2 division titles and 3 playoff births in 27 years in St. Louis.

Mr. Bidwell petitioned the city of St. Louis for a new publicly funded stadium to where he no longer had to share facilities with the baseball Cardinals. The city balked on the idea of a perennially bad football team pushing for millions of public money for a new stadium in St. Louis. The city had issues of their own to address during that time besides giving a millionaire millions more to build a stadium for a bad football team. It was egos at work at its finest.

Instead of negotiating with Bidwell over terms of a new facility and lease terms, the city, in all their infinite wisdom decided to not negotiate with ownership and force Bidwell to find other avenues. City administrators thinking the whole time he’d never go. Much to their chagrin, he did.

Phoenix, Arizona

I was devastated to say the least. Even as a child football was everything to me. It felt like as I had lost my best friend. I became jilted and eventually got over the loss by rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs, at the time they had just landed Joe Montana and were a very successful team. Only problem was, they weren’t my team. My team left me for a desert, A DAMN DESERT! How could they do that?!

So you see my dilemma, I had no team. I had in all terms and purpose, became a free agent. During this entire search for my football soul there were talks between the NFL and St. Louis about the NFL returning to the city. Officials passed a bill to build a new stadium in downtown that would be christened the Trans World Dome at America’s Center.

This new expansion team would be called the St. Louis Stallions. It was a done deal, at least we thought. My father worked for Paramount Headwear and Apparel at the time and they were running hats and shirts for the Stallions. They couldn’t talk about it, take pictures of it, wear it or otherwise let the product see the light of day. They had an entire setup at the headquarters in St. Louis, they even had a Stallions cake, this is how close it was.

In the 11th hour due to potential franchise owner issues with Chuck Knight, Stephen Brauer, Charles Cella, Sam Fox, Fred Kummer, and Andrew Taylor, as well as the late John Connelly from Pittsburgh, the city introduced none other than Stanley Enos Kroenke as another financial backer, but the play was much too late and the NFL chose Carolina and Jacksonville over St. Louis for expansion. We all know what happened next, so let’s fast forward to 2018. St. Louis has an identity crisis at hand. A county city divide, dilapidated city infrastructure that is in desperate need of repair, dwindling city population, businesses disappearing from downtown faster than a pair of expensive sunglasses. We know this, Stan didn’t have to make such a scathing report on the matter. Fact is now the city can focus on these glaring issues, as long as they stay out of their own way, but that’s always been the issue hasn’t it? St. Louis city officials are more worried about getting their hands greased then doing what’s best for their constituency. Not to get onto a political stump, but this is how things need to get done. Stop fighting over who getting paid and do what’s best for the region. The city is getting there, everyone just has to hold those responsible accountable for their stewardship. Politicians don’t own the city and county, you do. All that being said, would I like to see another NFL team in St. Louis? Without a doubt! Only time will tell. The only thing everyone in St. Louis can do is work together to make their city, the best city they can.

Thank you for reading.

Derek King

N The Zone Network contributor

N The Zone SEASON 2 (The Super Bowl Show)

nthezonelogoICYMI…check out this week’s BIG Super Bowl Show with special guests Cecelia Townes of Gladiathers.com (WITH A HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT), Danisha Rolle of SET Media, Alex Holt and Tiffany Hubert of Sistas In Sports, Tiera Dobbins of NFLFemale.com and N The Zone Ohio, Alex Washington of Real Take No Holds Barred Sports (aka N The Zone New England), Wayne Neal from N The Zone Los Angeles, Becker Alshowk of The Plugs (aka N The Zone DC), Shane Gray (aka the original first pick of N The Zone), and the Red Cups On The Sideline crew with movies and sports; and also listen to everyone except one person get the Super Bowl pick WRONG. Not to mention, a monologue from Palmer Alexander III on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and their coverage of sports media and how it’s the “same old stuff.” Good Lord. Enjoy.

EVERY SEGMENT:

Super Bowl Show: Open and The Monologue (NOTE: The following contains language that some might find objectionable. Parental discretion is advised.)

Super Bowl Show: Cecelia Townes

Super Bowl Show: Danisha Rolle

Super Bowl Show: Alex Holt and Tiffany Hubert (Sistas In Sports)

Super Bowl Show: Tiera Dobbins

Super Bowl Show: Alex Washington

Super Bowl Show: Wayne Neal

Super Bowl Show: Becker Alshowk

Super Bowl Show: Shane Gray (NOTE: The following contains language that some might find objectionable. Parental discretion is advised.)

Super Bowl Show: Mike Smith (At The Movies)

Super Bowl Show: Red Cups On The Sideline (Part 1)

Super Bowl Show: Red Cups On The Sideline (Part 2)

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