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Georgia Frontiere dead at 80


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I still respected Georgia when she move the Rams to St.Louis but I'd lost all respect for her when after winning SBXXXIV she said that her best decision was to leave LA. I'm sad that she died but I doubt that the LA RAMS fan is mourning.

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It's a little ironic that the woman responsible for taking the Rams from Los Angeles dies in Los Angeles.

Not terribly...she may have moved the team, but she herself never really left.

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My question is: how was she set up in terms of ownership transfer?.. who are the heirs, etc.

Wondering if this will turn out to be a successful 'generational' transfer (the Rooneys/Steelers, the Irsays/Colts) or one in which the heirs have to wind up selling (the Robbies/Dolphins, et als).....

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My question is: how was she set up in terms of ownership transfer?.. who are the heirs, etc.

That hasn't been disclosed, and it's probably going to be a little while at least before it shakes out. My personal guess is that there's a sale in the Rams future.

Common thought in Ramland is that while she may have stated a wish to "keep the team in the family" and let Chip own it*, the family will be unloading at least enough of their stake so that there may be a change in majority ownership. Stan Kroenke has right of first refusal, but NFL bylaws regarding owning teams in other leagues may? play a role.

They were trying to take steps to facilitate a peaceful transfer with minimal tax impact, but I think they were planning on Georgia holding on for another couple of months-now this is going to be really interesting.

Also watch for team President John Shaw (de facto owner/operator recently) and possibly Jay Zygmunt (his exact title escapes me at the moment-but he's the #2 guy in the organization) to leave the franchise as soon as the transfer is made. EDIT-There will be much rejoicing when the above happens.

*now that's ironic, as that is what Carroll Rosenbloom wanted all along-Georgia was only supposed to run it temporarily as a trustee.

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It seems marrying Georgia was bad luck

Her second husband was killed when hit by a bus. She left her third husband to try to make it as a showgirl in Las Vegas. Her fourth marriage ? to a stage manager of the Sacramento Music Circus ? ended in divorce after three years. Husband No. 5 was a Miami television producer.

She married Rosenbloom in 1966, shortly after he took over the Baltimore Colts. He eventually swapped that franchise for the Rams, which his wife took control of after he drowned.

Frontiere remarried again after Rosenbloom's death. Her seventh husband, Dominic Frontiere, was an award-winning composer. They divorced in 1988 upon his release from prison after serving time on tax charges related to the scalping of more than 2,500 tickets to the 1980 Super Bowl in Pasadena.

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When I was a KID a looooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnng time ago, (in LA) there was always rumor that her husbands' deaths were "not by accident".

I was never a fan of hers, she moved football to St. Louis, wow! It should never have left... and she seemed to be a money chaser....

Death is never something I wish upon anyone, happy thoughts to the family... but as a football fan I will not miss her.

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