Stan Kroenke and his other “Sporting Franchises” by TN
Since Mr Kroenke took control of Arsenal Football Club, we have not won a single piece of silverware. Success to Mr Kroenke, and his supporters, is qualification into the Champions league, why?
Is this the man, under whose stewardship, we can expect Arsenal to regain its former glories? To answer that question, I’m going to examine how his other sporting teams have fared under his stewardship.
To begin I’m going to set the scene by reproducing some quotes from both here and the US, concerning Mr Kroenke and his stewardship of sports teams.
We all know Mr Hill Wood’s 2007 comments concerning Mr Kroenke: “We don’t need his money and don’t need his sort. He knows sweet FA about our football.”
But what did Hill-Wood actually mean when he said “his sort”! Isn’t that to strong a phrase to be just referring to someone’s football knowledge?
In 2008, within the Bleacher report into NBA teams, a number of Denver Nugget fans comments were published. One in particular caught my eye, it read: “I understand that this team was in need of a shake up or two, and I fully understand the organisations desire create future financial flexibility. But giving away a player like Marcus Camby for a figurative bag of spaldings is inexcusable to the highest degree”
If we alter the name ‘Marcus Camby’ to either Robin Van Persie or Alex Song isn’t this exactly what Arsenal supporters of Mr Kroneke might also say?
And what happened to the Nuggets as the ‘organisation’ strived for financial flexibility?
According to the St. Louis post, oct 2012: ‘Rams owner Stan Kroenke makes St Louis football fans nervous. He maintains a low profile that’s borders on the invisible.’ Where have I heard comments like that before?
So let us now review Mr Kroeke’s sports clubs achievements ie since they came under his stewardship.
In 2000 Mr Kroenke became the full owner of the NBA Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets record under Mr Kroenke is nothing short of ‘shocking’.
At the same time Mr Kroenke also became owner of the National Hockey League side, Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche’s record, under his stewardship, isn’t much better.
Since Mr Kroenke’s ownership in 2000, The Nuggets have not even qualified from their division on 3 occasions. After qualifying from their division, they have then lost in the FIRST round of the western conference on 8 occasions. Their best season was in 08/09 when the lost in the western conference final.
They Nuggets have never once made the NBA finals ie while Mr Kroenke has been at the helm.
And what about the Colorado Avalanche? They have appeared only once in then Stanley Cup final ie in 2001.
And since his acquisition of both the Nuggets and the Avalanche, the record of the Rams has nosedived, they have not made the Super Bowl final since 2001.
Many of us saw Mr Kroenke’s Rams walloped at Wembley by the Patriots following his rare appearance over the Emirates.
Is it any wonder, given the complete failure of his US teams, that Mr Kroenke views champions league qualification as a success?
So although many may claim Mr Kroenke to be a ‘sports fan’, it would appear something other than ‘sporting success’ ie silverware is his motivating factor. Does this motivation come in the form of prestige, money, a combination of both or something completely different?
And why should we expect Arsenal to have any more success than any other team with Mr Kroenke at the helm? Thus far his teams have won a big fat zero!
But the question that bothers me most is this. Mr Kroenke is very successful when it comes to earning money, yet he is quite content for mediocrity when it comes to sporting success, why?
by Terrence Norman