Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Joe Buck: My Father Wouldn't Have Let Kroenke Stay Silent on Rams Future

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 7:00 AM

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Well, are you happy now, Stan Kroenke? You've gone and disappointed Joe Buck.

The son of legendary sportscaster Jack Buck criticized Kroenke, the Walmart heir billionaire owner of the St. Louis Rams, for staying silent on persistent rumors that he's trying to take the team to Los Angeles.

"I don't know how you're an NFL owner in a city like this with the kind of sports fans we have here and you're as invisible as this man has been," Buck said on FOX 2's Sports Final with Martin Kilcoyne.

Buck, a St. Louis native and the top play-by-play announcer at FOX Sports, told the Ryan Kelley Morning After show that his father would have been "out there banging the drum" to get Kroenke to talk.

See also: Rumor Alert: Kroenke's Los Angeles Stadium is For Rams and New Soccer Team, L.A. Gunners

"If there was one thing that was near and dear to my dad's heart, it was the prosperity and the health of this city," Buck said, according to Later, he added, "I remember talking to him about how crushed he was that the Cardinals picked up and left and went out to the desert. Trust me when I say this would be something he'd want to shine the light on and try to come to some conclusion and get the conversation started. I just don't like this silence. That's what scares me about it, from the Rams ownership side."

If St. Louis has one saving grace, Buck said, it's David Peacock, the former Anheuser-Busch president tapped by Governor Jay Nixon to co-chair the effort to keep the Rams in St. Louis.

See also: Nixon Announces Task Force to Keep Rams in St. Louis

"He's a brilliant guy, and I'll tell you the biggest hope we as a city have of keeping the Rams in St. Louis or having the NFL in whatever form that may come is Dave Peacock," Buck said on FOX 2. "He is a major player here."

Buck says he thinks Kroenke is thinking like a "shrewd business man" whose goal is to cash in, not to build a franchise that St. Louis sports fans deserve.

"It would be crushing to me if we lost an NFL franchise for the second time," Buck told FOX 2. "This city's too good for that. It's not a reflection on the city or the fans. In this case, I think it's a reflection of the ownership that really is not invested in having a team here."

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