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Tickets for 2012 London game have been suspended

Posted on: February 4, 2012 1:22 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 10:19 am
 
By Josh Katzowitz

When the Rams signed up to play one London home game each season from 2012-2014, team owner Stan Kroenke called it “a tremendous honor for our franchise, the city of St. Louis and our fans throughout the world” and how “this is a great platform to showcase the city of St. Louis to London and the UK.”

Then, we found out that, by playing in London, the Rams could violate their Edward Jones Dome lease with the city of St. Louis. Now, because the status of the game is unknown, the AP reports that ticket sales have been suspended for the Oct. 28 game between the Rams and Patriots.

NFL UK says it expects ticket sales to resume soon and that the Rams are working to "finalize the technical amendments to the lease required under the terms of the Rams' commitment to London."

But if the Rams can’t figure out a way around the lease issue, that won’t stop the NFL from continuing its international series next season at Wembley Stadium.

“Well, we’re going to play the London games, “commissioner Roger Goodell said at his Friday news conference. “We hope it will be with the Rams and the New England Patriots next year. That’s what we planned. I think it’s great for the community of St. Louis to be able to get that global exposure, but there are issues that obviously are going to have to get resolved.  We know there are discussions going on. We hope that they will get resolved shortly, and once that’s resolved we’ll make decisions from there, but we will be playing in London next year.”

But there’s another issue with the Rams. As the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes, the lease between the team and the city states that if the stadium isn’t considered to be a top-tier stadium -- basically, the league has to believe it’s one of the top eight stadiums in the league -- the team can leave after the 2014 season.

Goodell was asked by a St. Louis reporter if the NFL was committed to keeping a franchise in the city long-term.

“The answer is we want to keep our franchises where they are, so we’d love to have the St. Louis Rams stay in St. Louis,” Goodell said. "There are lease issues that are going through the process, as you know, they were articulated very clearly in the lease. Both parties are engaging in that, and their having that dialogue will allow that process to play out, and at that point in time (it) will be more clear about what the issues are and what we need to do to resolve them.”

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Comments

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:14 pm
 

Tickets for 2012 London game have been suspended

Hey skreffty! That's exactly why the Raiders were such a big hit when they played in the Coliseum.



Since: Feb 4, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:25 pm
 

Tickets for 2012 London game have been suspended

Sorry, Grammar police--you have made a false arrest--lol.  The possessive pronoun "their" is correct coming before the gerund "having."  Remember, gerunds are formed by adding an ing ending to a verb, and they nearly always function as nouns.  The sentence in question would make no sense if one were to substitute "they are" for their.  I hope this was helpful and that you have a wonderful weekend.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:58 pm
 

Tickets for 2012 London game have been suspended

"There are lease issues that are going through the process, as you know, they were articulated very clearly in the lease. Both parties are engaging in that, and their having that dialogue will allow that process to play out, and at that point in time (it) will be more clear about what the issues are and what we need to do to resolve them.”
their = they're
Sorry to be the Grammar Police ... but c'mon man.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:43 pm
 

Tickets for 2012 London game have been suspended

I believe Kroenke sees a one game cash cow by playing a game in London.  Kroenke is loved by soccer fans in London and he trying to play that to his advantage.  It also is a chip in stadium agreement being negotiated.  So the stadium committee played their chip, that it violates the lease.  The key on LA is if Kroenke buys the Dodgers.  That is against NFL ownership rules (which can be changed) that a owner owns two teams in two different cities.  But, I'll give you a far out one, that could happen, that the Jaguars move to LA and Jacksonville new owner trades the Jaguars for the Rams.  Kahn the owner of the Jaguars is from the St. Louis area, a Corporate box holder of the Rams, St. Louis Rams fan and tried to buy the team, before Kroenke used his first right of refusal. 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:35 pm
 

Tickets for 2012 London game have been suspended

Uh...it's the Edward Jones Dome.  Not sure who Edwin is!  



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:50 pm
 

Tickets for 2012 London game have been suspended

Keep dreaming.  LA isn't a football town.  It is a party drug rave kind of town.



Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:36 pm
 

Tickets for 2012 London game have been suspended

Actually Kroenke doesnwantbto play there ecause he is the majority owner of Aresnal FC. He sees it as a great opportunity to cross promote 2 of his teams. Im sure if the nba or NHL wanted to play a london game he would sign up the nuggets or avalanche without a second thought



Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:33 pm
 

Tickets for 2012 London game have been suspended

Not sure why the city cares there will be the same amount of fans at the Edward James Dome during the London game as there are during a game actually played there. I went there this past season as an away fan and if it wasn't for all the away fans no one would have been there. I unfortunately made the mistake of buying a ticket directly from the rams, if I would have shopped around I could have got a great seat for less than face value from a season ticket holder



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:32 pm
 

Tickets for 2012 London game have been suspended

Could this be the beginning of moving the Rams back to LA?  Sounds logical to me for this team to move.  Would stay in the NFC West and renew the west coast rivalry with the 49ers.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:07 pm
 

Tickets for 2012 London game have been suspended

This is a serious black eye for Rams ownership, Goodell and the NFL. How could they schedule a game for another venue without verifying that they had legal standing from their home stadium and everyone who paid for advertising rights to have their brand/name displayed at that venue. That's the reason why companies like Edward Jones pay big $$$$ for naming rights or to sponsor scoreboards or other stadium improvements. They paid for those righrts for 8 regular season games and 2 preseason games. You take away 1 game, that's a huge percentage of what they paid for. This is a major snafu for the Rams from a fan and corporate PR standpoint. Rams mgmt is stupid.


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