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07-30-2008, 07:03 PM
Bellic Enterprise contacted Commissioner Roger Goodell of the National Football League to express interest in buying an N.F.L. franchise earlier today. The only franchise that is known to be possibly up for sale are the St. Louis Rams after the death of longtime owner Georgia Frontiere.
Georgia's children Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez may decide to sell the team and have spoken to some people who are brokering things, and they've informed league offices about the price and what the deal might entail if they decide to sell the franchise.
Rams president John Shaw, who has been the de facto leader of the franchise since Frontiere moved the Rams from Anaheim to St. Louis in 1995, declined to comment on the team's potential sale.
While Bellic Enterprise said they have only a slight interest in purchasing the Rams, who sources say are being shopped in the $850 million to $900 million range, they did conceded that part of the deal's allure would be the possibility of filling the void in the L.A. market that has existed since the Rams and Raiders left town before the '95 season.
Two prominent NFL owners, including the Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones, said they believed that Bellic Enterprise would be approved should they attempt to return any franchise to Los Angeles. Stay tuned as we break down who owns and runs Bellic Enterprise and how they have managed to get involved in returning the NFL to Los Angeles.
07-30-2008, 07:05 PM
Rosenbloom, who took over the franchise after mother Georgia Frontiere’s death in January, denied that he and his sister Rodriguez were shopping the franchise.He issued his denial insisting, “I can assure you I have every intention of keeping the Rams in St. Louis.”
Rosenbloom explained that he had hired a Baltimore firm specializing in sports investments merely to field inquiries from interested buyers, a role he portrayed as “simply returning these people’s phone calls.”
Translation: The Rams are in play, and there’s a chance that whomever buys the franchise will look to return it to Southern California. The one potential savior, minority owner Stan Kroenke who has a 40-percent stake, would have to sell off his interest in the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and NHL’s Colorado Avalanche to satisfy the NFL’s rules against cross-ownership of pro teams in other NFL cities.
Kroenke is so highly regarded that some of his NFL peers might push for the rule to be waived, but that would be a long shot; Broncos owner Bowlen, for one, would figure to be highly scrutinizing of such an arrangement. In the meantime, the Rams have a capable CEO in Shaw, who likely won’t be around to solve the stadium issues that, barring substantial improvements to the Edward Jones Dome or a new facility in St. Louis, will result in the team being able to get out of its lease in 2015.
So with this breaking news, it seems that the Rams will stay in St. Louis unless the price is right and where does this leave Bellic Enterprise who have seemed to really impress league officials so far. Can we see another team be sold and moved to Los Angeles, could the N.F.L. grant an expansion team to Bellic Enterprise or is it possible that after the dust settles, we see the return of the Los Angeles Rams.
07-30-2008, 07:08 PM
Ralph Wilson, a few months shy of his 90th birthday should be in a celebratory mood. Largely because of his *****ing, moaning and general grumpiness, Wilson was essentially handed the keys to a monster market, in the form of a deal to play eight games in Toronto over the next five years which guarantees his franchise $78 million.
“We’ll see if the guy stops whining and complaining now,” one owner says. “Toronto, if you put it in the U.S., would be the fourth-largest city. If Jerry Jones staked a claim to Mexico City, or Robert Kraft did it with Montreal, or Paul Allen wanted to play one game a year in Vancouver, we’d never approve it.
Ralph was given a special accommodation because we’re sick of hearing him cry about being in a small market.” Back when he co-founded the AFL, Wilson was considered an innovator. Now he comes off as selfish and stodgy and looking for handouts. It’s also telling that, rather than selling the naming rights, he continues to play his non-Toronto home games in Ralph Wilson Stadium. What a team player, he needs to sell his franchise and retire already.
Latest word out of league offices is that Ralph Wilson has contacted representatives from Bellic Enterprise to see if they would have interest in the Buffalo Bills. Many feel that this could be a great move for the league if it happens, mainly because seeing the Bills moved out west wouldn't be as heart breaking except for the fans in Buffalo.
This is a franchise with tremendous tradition, but seems that for whatever reason the ownership has lost interest in marketing his team in the Buffalo area. This would be a franchise that could easily be moved out west and Bellic Enterprise would only have to deal with one person in Ralph Wilson instead of three that own the St. Louis Rams.
07-31-2008, 07:42 AM
This has saga written all over it, Reaper...
08-02-2008, 03:15 PM
Good afternoon, thank you for being here today. Allow me to introduce the partners of Empire Entertainment, to my right is my cousin Roman Bellic, his wife Mallorie Bardas-Bellic and Brucie Kibbutz. To my left is Jacob Hughes and Patrick McReary and I am Niko Bellic. We are like family and combined have contacted the National Football League with our interest to purchase a franchise. This is a new joint business venture where Bellic Enterprise merged with other businesses to create a stronger company that will be known as Empire Entertainment.
"Hello, I am Roman and this is my wife Mallorie. We amassed our fortune through two successful cab companies in Liberty City and through my ever burning desire to gamble." Roman Bellic
"I am the Alpha Male of the group baby. Exotic cars and helicopters are my first love but when I was approached with this idea, I told my boy Niko that I was in." Brucie Kibbutz
"I and I here to support my main man Roman and his cousin Niko who are brothers of mine now. Yeah man I and I look forward to getting this done and enjoy the success of this N.F.L." Jacob Hughes
"Niko was engaged to my late sister Kate and the guy is like a brother so when he spoke of his desire to own an N.F.L. team I knew that I was in. The McReary name has been well known in Liberty City just as well as Trump is in New York so supporting my boy wasn't a problem." Patrick McReary
"And once again I am Niko Bellic. I have worked for the government and numerous powerful men all over the world including these gentlemen here today. Our goal here is simple, we want to own a franchise, operate the franchise to the highest levels of this league and win championships. We are open to new ideas and fully understand that this is a business and we hope to hear positive news from Mr. Roger Goodell. We feel that most of the current owners do support our mission and we are currently speaking to five owners about their franchises so our options can be bountiful or none so we stay thinking positive." Niko Bellic
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