The L.A. Business Journal side of thing: When you get 45 minutes with Rams owner Stan Kroenke, and he owns up to a whole bunch of things
The assignment from the Los Angeles Business Journal was to come up with a Q&A that would celebrate his being named the magazine’s “Business Person of the Year” for 2020.
The emphasis would not just be on how he brought the NFL team back to its Los Angeles home, but how he did so by promising to create a $5 billion superstadium in Inglewood.
Research on Kroenke isn’t all that robust. He’s known as “Silent Stan” for a reason.
But Stan is definitely a man with a plan.
So figuring out what books he might be interested in — and pass along — and pushing that toward a series of questions about where he developed his interest in buying pro sports teams, how he modeled some of that after watching Jerry Buss buy L.A. property, buy teams and arenas, then have his children operate it, and why the current SoFi Stadium might some day accommodate flying cars — you read it here first.
Under the headline “Eyes on the Ball,” here’s our six-page spread, with a bio box and a look at his favorite books.
We also jumped on with Rich Hammond at The Athletic L.A. “11 Personnel” to talk more about surprises that came up in the conversation that Rams’ fans may have not heard before.