Friday, May 11, 2012

St. Louis Is On The Clock

Now that the Minnesota Vikings seem to have their stadium issues resolved attention now turns to the city of St. Louis and the possibility the Rams might return to L.A.

The St. Louis Rams appear to be the leader in the clubhouse to land in Los Angeles. 

The Rams and the St. Louis Convention and Visitiors Commission are at an impasse as to how to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome.

The Rams want a retractable roof which could cost in the neighborhood of 200 to 300 million dollars.  The commission proposed spending $124 million in upgrades, half from the taxpayers and half from the team.  The Rams rejected that.

If both sides remain apart then it goes to arbitration on June 15th.

The Rams can escape their lease in January 2015 and are free to leave St. Louis if the Edward Jones Dome isn't one of the top facilities in the NFL.

KTVI's Charles Jaco explains the whole situation.

Before you football fans get all giddy about the Rams returning to L.A. keep in mind its at least three more years before the Rams can leave St. Louis, legally. We also saw that when Roger Goddell puts gun to head, as he metaphorically did with the Vikings and the Minnesota State Legislature, stadium issues tend to get done.

Just thinking out loud.

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