There was good news in St. Louis this week when it was announced that Urbana, Ill., businessman Shahid Khan was going to buy the Rams. With a struggling on-field product and a shaky stadium, there have been concerns about the future of the team staying in the Gateway City. Khan is a Rams fan who has spent a majority of his life in the Midwest, and he should be a positive in keeping the team in town.
The local media seems optimistic about the new ownership:
“Born in Pakistan, Khan arrived in the U.S. in 1967. He was a teenager then, and St. Louis was Khan's landing spot, his first stop on American soil. Khan went on to earn an engineering degree at the University of Illinois. He married his college sweetheart. He built a successful career and a blissful personal life in America's heartland, living in the Champaign-Urbana, Ill., area for more than 40 years.
And that bodes well for St. Louis and the Rams' future in our town. Khan has roots in this region. He didn't take his fortune and move to Malibu, Napa Valley, Aspen, the Hamptons or some other trendy spot. Khan remained in the Midwest. And that gives us a legitimate reason to believe he'll want to keep an NFL team in St. Louis.”
The Rams have struggled mightily this decade (only six wins in the last three seasons), and fan support has started to erode. Hopefully with some quality draft picks and a solid coach in Steve Spagnuolo, the football team can improve while Khan works on a Stadium deal. There are very passionate sports fans in St. Louis, and there is no reason that they cannot turn into a quality organization with some new, hometown leadership.