Stan Kroenke’s LA Rams had their Super Bowl run come to an end when they were beaten by the New England Patriots. The owner of Arsenal, who is a huge NFL fan and lives in London, was seen celebrating with the team after defeating his beloved Los Angeles Rams for victory. However, he received some backlash from fans as soon as it became clear that Arsenal would win on Sunday night.
Stan Kroenke is the owner of the Los Angeles Rams and also owns Arsenal. He was crushed by Arsenal fans after winning the Super Bowl.
Stan Kroenke, the owner of the Los Angeles Rams, constructed a stunning $5 billion-plus stadium in LA to bring a franchise and a Super Bowl to the country’s second-largest city. Then he approved the trade of draft selections and the awarding of large contracts in order to develop a football squad capable of winning the Lombardi Trophy. While this pleased Rams fans, it enraged Arsenal supporters.
Kroenke also owns Arsenal, an English Premier League side, in addition to the Rams. The club’s supporters observed the American businessman’s investment in winning a championship in the NFL and used the chance to demand the same for their favorite London-based soccer team.
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Stan Kroenke (and his family) own a number of sports teams.
Stan Kroenke, the Nuggets’ owner, now has a controlling stake in Arsenal. Wow. He is also the owner of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams and the MLB’s Colorado Rockies (NHL)
— Charles Tiu (@charlestiu) April 11, 2011
According to Forbes, Stan Kroenke is worth around $10.5 billion. He gained much of his money from real estate investments, and he now owns 60 million square feet of property. Plazas attached to Walmart shops make up a large portion of Kroenke’s real estate assets.
What’s the deal with Walmart?
Because he married Ann Walton, the daughter of a Walmart co-founder, in 1974. Kroenke’s wife is said to have a net worth of $62.3 billion.
In 1995, Kroenke invested as a minority partner in the Rams team. One of his first acts was to assist the club in relocating from Los Angeles to St. Louis, Missouri, Kroenke’s home state. He became the team’s entire owner in 2010 and relocated the club to California five years later.
Kroenke purchased the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche and the NBA’s Denver Nuggets in 2000, while still a minority owner of the Rams. Owners of NFL franchises are not permitted to own teams in other North American sports leagues. As a result, Stan delegated responsibility of the hockey and basketball teams to his son Josh in 2010. He also gave his wife ownership of the property.
In 2004, Stan expanded his sports empire by purchasing the Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids. In 2007, he made an even greater step in the sport by purchasing Arsenal, one of England’s largest and most historically successful teams. Kroenke grew his ownership portion and control of the soccer club during the following decade. In 2018, he became the sole owner.
Most Arsenal supporters dislike the Kroenke family, particularly since Stan Kroenke spearheaded a failed attempt to establish a European Super League in soccer. The Premier League would have been virtually destroyed by this league, which upset British fans.
The Brits are even more enraged now that his Rams have won a Super Bowl despite tremendous spending.
Arsenal supporters want Kroenke to spend more money on the club.
Fans of Arsenal demanded that the owner’s (English) football club get the same level of investment as his (American) football club when Roger Goodell presented Stan Kroenke with the Lombardi Trophy.
According to the Daily Mail, after Kroenke’s stunning Super Bowl triumph, Arsenal supporters rushed to social media to criticize him.
Gunners (as Arsenal supporters are known) bemoaned what they saw to be a lack of expenditure on the English team. They said that Kroenke is more concerned with his American sports assets than with Arsenal. One Twitter user expressed the sentiments of many supporters, claiming that if Kroenke had spent half as much money on Arsenal as he did on the Rams, the Gunners would be hoisting a trophy this year as well.
While this view is founded on fact, it seems that Stan and Josh Kroenke are beginning to devote more time and money in the soccer club, particularly in recent years.
Mikel Arteta, a former Arsenal player, has been appointed as the club’s manager, and with a good mix of youngsters and experience, he has the squad on the right track this season. They are presently sixth in the EPL, but are in a strong position to finish in the top four.
Last offseason, the Kroenke family also sanctioned over $200 million in transfer expenditures. During that time period, this was the highest sum in all of European football.
Arsenal is a legendary club that has struggled under American control.
Stan Kroenke, an Arsenal supporter | (L-R) Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News photo via Getty Images; Neil Hall/PA Images photo via Getty Images
Arsenal is a 135-year-old football club headquartered on London’s north side. The team has 13 Premier League titles (in various forms) and a European Cup (now known as the Champions League) in 1994. The squad has also won 14 FA Cups and two League Cups, which is a club record.
Arsene Wanger, a Frenchman who commanded Arsenal from 1996 to 2018, was the club’s heyday. Wanger was the manager of three league-winning teams and was responsible for seven FA Cup victories in North London.
Wanger’s Arsenal team from 2003-04 is one of the most legendary in Premier League history. The Invincibles is the moniker given to the group. This club finished the season with 26 wins, 12 ties, and 0 defeats. Sol Campbell, Kolo Toure, Ashley Cole, Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, and Thierry Henry were among the international names on the team.
The team, though, hasn’t had much success since Stan Kroenke became control. The Wanger Era came to a close with a whimper, and the club hasn’t been in contention for a Premier League championship since 2015-16. They haven’t competed in the Champions League since the following season, in 2016-17.
When you consider that the older Kroenke hasn’t visited his English club since 2018, while spending billions in his NFL franchise, it’s easy to see why Arsenal supporters are furious.
Stan, Ann, and Josh now have a Lombardi Trophy, so maybe they’ll redouble their efforts to bring some soccer hardware back to Emirates Stadium.
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