Why wouldn’t he be smiling. Rams owner Stan Kroenke is doing what he does best – being a savvy businessman. Look what SI’s Peter King found out for us curious Rams fans. – SI MMQB
One league office source told me a major selling point to the teams playing overseas is if you give up a home game, the league will compensate the team with a payment above and beyond what it made for a regular home game. That payment, I’m told, will be at least $5 million per home game lost.
So if the Rams can pocket an extra $15 million to $25 million over the three years of the deal, they shouldn’t have any excuses about paying out the kind of guaranteed money that some teams in the bottom quartile of NFL revenue — which the Rams are in — have to pay to attract and pay legit free agents.
Now the big question many fans should have is whether that extra revenue will be directly channeled back into the Rams organization. Whether that goes to coaching salaries, player salaries, etc. is yet to be seen.
The other noise about town is about the money lost by the local businesses. Hotels, restaurants, and other small businesses will not see any of the alleged $15 – $25 million dollars. The fans will get over the three games lost to London eventually. It’s the locals that are the real losers in this deal.
Let’s hope the Rams rise from the NFC West cellar and bring playoff games to St. Louis to make up for those games and more.