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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Shahid Khan Gracious in Wishing Stan Kroenke Good Luck with Rams

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Khan: Classy in defeat.
  • Khan: Classy in defeat.
So, it's official. NFL owners today unanimously approved Stan Kroenke's bid to purchase the remaining 60 percent of the St. Louis Rams to become the team's sole owner.

"We are delighted with today's vote by NFL owners. It is one of the very high points of our long association with the NFL," Kroenke told media today. "We look forward to working with our fellow owners and Commissioner Goodell as the transaction is finalized and in the years ahead."

But perhaps the real newsworthy statement came from the man who Kroenke fucked over bested in his quest to own the team. That man is Shahid Khan, the auto parts magnate from Champaign-Urbana who first stepped forward to purchase the team this year before Kroenke exercised a last-minute right of first refusal to buy the franchise.

Said Khan in a statement today:
I have nothing but best wishes for Stan Kroenke as the new controlling owner of the St. Louis Rams. I have gotten to know Stan very well this year, I admire his success and I am certain he will be an excellent owner for the Rams, the National Football League and the St. Louis community. I'll always appreciate the trust Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez put in me, and I thank Commissioner Roger Goodell and team owners for their professional approach in everything related to the sale process. This adventure didn't turn out the way I had hoped, but it was otherwise a worthwhile experience in every respect and I'll always be a fan of the St. Louis Rams.

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