L.A. Rams-49ers rivalry could be renewed

January 26, 2012, 4:57 pm
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If youve been casting about for an archrival for the 49ers I mean, now that theyre no longer cruddy and boring and foolish and awful help may be on the way.Within six months of their mutually terminating their preseason deal with the Raiders for security reasons, and within a month of their exposing the NFC West as a group without any natural animosities, good news comes from St. Louis.
Seems that Stan Kroenke, owner of the Rams, has made an offer on the Dodgers, one which should be taken seriously. Which means, by the rules of ownership in the NFL, if he gets the Dodgers, the Rams come to L.A.The wisdom, explained by the lovely and talented Mike Ozanian of Forbes, The Magazine For People Who Have A Crapload Of Money More Than You Can Ever Dream About, goes like this:The NFL prohibits owners of a team in one city from owning a team in another city in another league. For instance, and as an example with momentary historical validity, Jed York could not run the 49ers and the Pittsburgh Penguins.So if Kroenke were to get the Dodgers, he would have to know that he could break his lease in St. Louis, where the city council is voting in February on a plan to throw money into an upgrade of Edward Jones Stadium by 2015. If they dont, he can leave in 2015, and the new L.A. football stadium (which is still mostly a coffee table book with cannabis resin on the cover) could be ready by 2016.And suddenly instant blood enemy. The same guy who owns the Dodgers and Rams, who also owns WalMart (and you cant spell WalMart without the L and the A). For local fans who have tried and failed to work up a good hate-on for the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, let alone the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres, it would be perfect.And to make it even better, Kroenkes real first name is Enos. As in Cabell. Tell me you folks wouldnt want to make some hay with that.Ray Ratto is a columnist for CSNBayArea.com