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Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:07 pm
 
Wembley StadiumBy Josh Katzowitz

Earlier this month, the NFL announced that the Rams would be headed to London to play one regular-season game per year from 2012-14. We can argue about whether it’s a good idea for the struggling franchise to make such a commitment (I say it’s a bad, bad idea), but that’s not what interests the city of St. Louis.

No, what the City of St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission is concerned about is whether the games violate the Rams lease with the Edward Jones Dome. As in, the lease apparently states that all St. Louis home games must be played in the Dome. And since the next three London games will be considered Rams home games, that’s a bit of a problem.

For owner Stan Kroenke, who also owns the English Premiere League’s Arsenal soccer team, traveling to London every year with his Rams squad is probably a great move. But for the city that actually houses his NFL franchise, it’s less so.

As the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes, “A section of the Rams' lease at the Dome calls for the team ‘to play all its home NFL Games (other than pre-season NFL Games) at the Facilities.’ The Rams can disregard this rule if the Dome is not in useable condition or if the lease is terminated, according to that section of the lease.”

Edward Jones Dome (Getty)There’s little doubt that the trip would be a financial gain for the Rams. Wembley Stadium seats about 14,000 more than the Edward Jones Dome, and considering St. Louis will face the Patriots, UK interest in the game should be high next year. Also, the NFL guarantees the home team a ticket revenue that’s equal to a regular home-game sellout plus the trip expenses.

But still, this calls back to the question on whether the Rams are being fair with their fan base by leaving for London for three consecutive seasons.

While the city agrees with Kroenke that the selection of the franchise by the NFL for the international game is an honor, it also emailed  a statement to the paper that read, “Our lease with the Rams requires that the Rams play all their home games in the Edward Jones Dome. We immediately brought this to the Rams' attention and are awaiting their reply."

Said Jeff Rainford, the chief of staff to St. Louis mayor Francis Slay: “I think it's obvious that the Rams expect the CVC to adhere to the terms of the lease. And I think it's reasonable for CVC to expect the Rams adhere to the lease."

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Comments

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:55 pm
 

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

Can we just all get along ? Dang..Let them go play and hopefully they'll stay...LOL



Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:40 pm
 

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

The stadium in St Louis is less than 20 years old and does not need to be fixed.  The Rams have never said they would like to move to LA, they just want additional revenue enhancements at an already good NFL quality stadium.  LA does not currently have an NFL quality stadium.  That's why both the Rams and the Raiders left, and that's why nobody is planning to move there any time soon.  And the Rams moved from Anaheim to St Louis in 1994 so if they "move back", it should be to Orange County.  By the way, the Rams moved from Cleveland to LA in 1946, so perhaps they could move anywhere they want.  But Kronke is a Missouri native and he might not want to do that much commuting.  The Rams lost 14 ugly games this year and still averaged over 56,000 in attendance.  When the team was competitive, the games were sold out.  Fortunately, they got to play New Orleans and Cleveland this year, so they got 2 wins.



Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:07 pm
 

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

vikings225....wow do not reproduce!   how stupid are some of you people?   just sayin 



Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:05 pm
 

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

rvc...."make the rams the away team,problem solved"????   wow. dont reproduce.    &
nbsp;  then the opposong team loses their home game.  pathetic, just pathetic. 



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:03 pm
 

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

There is not much that St. Louis can do about it.   If they claim that the Rams broke their lease, and terminate the lease, the Rams move back to Los Angeles, which is what they want to do to begin with.  The Rams seldom, if ever sell out at home.  The stadium is getting old, and cannot be fixed.  This is a money move for the Rams.  They either get a guarantee sell out every year, or they get out of St. Louis.  It is a win-win for the Rams financially, and in the NFL, "financially" is all that counts.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:56 pm
 

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

Americans don't give a shit about soccer
Hey I am an American and I do....dont place everyone in one boat guy

YOU might not give a shit, there are MILLIONS of Americans who DO!


In terms of overall attitude though, Football isnt as popular in the states as American Football



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:55 pm
 

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

So make the Rams to "Away" team when they are in London.  Problem solved



Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:54 pm
 

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

I guess contracts dont mean a dam thing to goodell.  lets get rid of him then.  It would seem if this does take place that the only really ones getting hurt would be the FAN whom has paid for that seat priviledge to be their for his team at every home game.  Again the little guy gets screwed.  I do hope the stadium files a law suit for violation of their contract with the rams.  the law is the law as it is pushed on everyone of us except the congress whom have different laws that say they dont have to follow  citizens laws.  Hope to see a lawsuit.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:15 pm
 

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

Americans don't give a shit about soccer and Britainers don't give a shit about American football. They're both great sports but what makes a sport really great is that everyone around you follows it. It's a very local phenomena outside of something like the Olympics or World Cup, which only also works rarely (neither is every year, so it's a bigger event when it happens).

Until we have something like mass teleportation (lool) it's simply not feasible to try and make a world wide league. It's hard enough for WC vs. EC games in football because of travel and time zone problems. I don't care about the Rams, who have been the worst franchise in the NFL the past 5 years or so, but if you're a Rams fan you still want to win more. Also you have to wonder why they didn't just make one of the road games in London instead of stealing a home game.

I have relatives in London, it can be dreary but there are a lot of things to like too. I've always liked Italy and Greece a bit better however. Greece is kind of a mess now though.



Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:33 am
 

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

Hmmm. St loius putting a stop to this could end up starting the move  to L. A.   just saying



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