National Football League says no basis for suit over Rams' departure

Apr 13, 2017, 01:25
National Football League says no basis for suit over Rams' departure

"In the years leading up to the Rams relocation request, Rams officials made a decision to move the team and confidentially determined that they would be interested in exploiting any opportunity to do so", the complaint reads.

Included is part of a 2010 Post-Dispatch interview with Kroenke in which he said: "I'm going to attempt to do everything that I can to keep the Rams in St. Louis".

What ultimately comes out of this latest lawsuit is not likely to satisfy the city of St. Louis. The lawsuit claims that the City of St. Louis has lost an estimated $1.85 million to $3.5 million per year in ticket tax revenue, an additional $7.5 million in property tax and $1.4 million in sales tax revenue, as well as "millions" in earning taxes.

Charges in the St. Louis lawsuit include breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraudulent misrepresentation and business interference.

The complaint claims that the team and the National Football League kept the plans to move secret and misled city officials by making numerous public comments indicating the Rams would likely stay in St. Louis.

Kroenke and the Rams soon began contemplating a new home after the decision by the St. Louis CVC, with Los Angeles emerging as their desired location after Kroenke got control of almost 300 acres of open land in Inglewood on which he hoped to build a new stadium as part of a massive multi-use development project.

"The Rams never meant to engage in good faith negotiations with St. Louis", the lawsuit says. We could see two more of them filed locally in those respective cities following the relocation of the Chargers to L.A.in 2016 and the recent approval of the Raiders moving to Las Vegas, perhaps as soon as 2019.

By exercising the option now, the Rams buy themselves sufficient time to work out a long-term extension with their best player.

The Rams played 21 seasons in St. Louis after relocating there from Los Angeles in 1994, but began looking a new home after the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission declined an arbitrators ruling to pay $700 million to renovate the Edward Jones Dome in 2013.

So good luck St. Louis. Wednesday, the city of St. Louis filed a lawsuit against the league over the Rams' relocation to Los Angeles, alleging the league violated its own relocation guidelines and enriched itself at the expense of the community it left behind.