Oct 6, 2009

Rush Limbaugh interested in buying the Rams football team

Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh announced he is teaming up with St. Louis Blues hockey team owner Dave Checketts in a bid to buy the Rams football team.

The Rams have the dubious distinction of owning the NFL’s longest losing streak at 14 games and have a record of 5-31 since 2007.

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A very brief Rams ownership history:

In 1972, Baltimore Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom traded the entire franchise - players, administration, equipment, everything - to Robert Irsay the then-owner of the Los Angeles Rams for his entire franchise. No people or equipment changed cities.

One day Rosenbloom and Irsay owned the Colts and Rams respectively, and the next day they’d switched places as owners of those teams. It was surely the most unusual ownership change in NFL history.

In a strange coincidence, both teams would eventually leave their respective cities and relocate to play football in the Midwest.

The Colts left Baltimore in 1984 and have since played as the Indianapolis Colts, while the Rams left Los Angeles in 1995 and became the St. Louis Rams.

Georgia Frontiere became owner of the Los Angeles Rams after the death of her husband Carroll Rosenbloom in 1979. In 1995 she moved the Rams to St. Louis where she grew up.

In the photo above taken Jan. 30, 2000, Rams owner Georgia Frontiere holds the Super Bowl trophy after the Rams beat the Tennessee Titans 23-16 in Atlanta.

Frontiere died in 2008 at age 80 leaving 60 percent of the Rams ownership to her children, Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez.

Forbes magazine has estimated the Rams franchise has a value of $929 million.

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It wasn’t clear if the Limbaugh/Checketts bid was for 100 percent of the Rams or just the 60 percent share owned by Rosenbloom and Rodriguez.

Billionaire Stan Kroenke of Columbia, Mo., owns the remaining 40 percent

Rush Limbaugh is a native of Cape Girardeau, Mo., about 100 miles south of St. Louis.