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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: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:46 am
 

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

What if the Rams were the "home team" in the Super Bowl?

I know, funny ... but still.


Now thats is funny.  If it ever happened who knows some smuck might lawyer up  and we would have some comedy of errors to follow for 2 weeks . Hey the legal bs would be more interesting than the snorebowl,ops so called  probowl!!! And would be good for a laugh or two.




Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2012 9:55 am
 

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

No one is moving to London.  There are too many problems with travel, differences in money (the don't use the dollar in England), and a fan base that may not be there (actually, there is no fan base.  They love the other football over there, and that's it).  They tried this before.  Remember NFL Europe?  Not good. 



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:53 am
 

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

I'm maintaining that this is the first step to moving the Rams to London.



Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:16 am
 

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

Wow guess you don't know much about howmuch money the NFL Teams rake in over in England you do understand that if you go to a NFL Game in England you can purchase beating tickets right down the street. Also Lame Aresonal I can tell by that statement you have no idea about the EPL , right now Aresonal is in 5th place which means if they end in the top five they will be playing in Europe, along with the FA Cup, and Championship League.
First of all, a fan shouldn't care how much money their team makes playing games in England.  The overall feel of what was said is, keep our sports here.  NFL Europe is gone, quit trying to bring it back.  Then what?  Have a franchise set up in London?  No way.  And please don't tell me about the EPL.  I didn't know what it was, I had to look it up (Even though I assumed, and was correct) and when I seen soccer I cared even less than I did when I didn't know.  



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:19 am
 

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

What us it with these London games anyway.  Why does the NFL continue to push these things?



Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:34 pm
 

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

Beasley Bruin wrote: I Myself do not like these england Games and wish The Patriots would not play in them , If The english want to go to a NFL game have them buy a ticket and get here  and if we want to go see any lame Aresonal  games we can go to Bloody Ol England  !

Wow guess you don't know much about howmuch money the NFL Teams rake in over in England you do understand that if you go to a NFL Game in England you can purchase beating tickets right down the street. Also Lame Aresonal I can tell by that statement you have no idea about the EPL , right now Aresonal is in 5th place which means if they end in the top five they will be playing in Europe, along with the FA Cup, and Championship League.


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Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:47 pm
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Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:32 pm
 

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

What if the Rams were the "home team" in the Super Bowl?

I know, funny ... but still.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:03 pm
 

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

Uh, 7 home games and 9 road doesn't work, Mo Chara!



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:36 pm
 

Rams trip to London could violate St. Louis lease

The stadium is being stupid.  The NFL should just give the Rams 7 home games and 9 road games and count the London game as one of the 9 road games.

Why? The City of St. Louis built the stadium with the expectation that the Rams would play 8 games a year there and the St. Louis area and it's businesses (hotels, restaurants, bars etc...) would reap revenue for 8 games a year. I understand what the NFL is trying to do to bring more popularity to the game but it hurts cities and teams who lose home games (Buffalo playing in Toronto is an example).

The most fair thing would be to spread out the traveling trips not have the Rams go 3 years in a row. Additionally the Rams have been so awful besides the Patriots game (which will probably be a blow out) there won't be much interest in these games.





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