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St. Louis will allow Rams to play overseas

Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:59 am
 
Wembley By Josh Katzowitz

When the NFL announced that the Rams would spend at least one game in the next three seasons playing a home game in London, the league might not have realized the headaches that were to follow.

The City of St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission pointed out that the overseas trips violated the terms of the lease with the Edward Jones Dome. Which led the NFL to suspend ticket sales for the 2012 game between the Rams and the Patriots (though they eventually resumed).

Now, it appears the Rams WILL play in Wembley Stadium next year, as the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports. In exchange for allowing the Rams to play one home game away from St. Louis in 2012, the team will allow the Dome to increase the number of weekends during the season that the facility can be used for non-Rams activities*.

The team will also pay the game-day employees the wages they would have earned during the game they will miss.

*In the original lease, the Dome could be used one weekend a month to book conventions or concerts. But now, for the next three years, the Dome can use the facility for those non-Rams activities for two weekends a month.

But this issue between the city and the team probably won’t go away. The lease was amended only for 2012, and as the paper writes, “The future games allow the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission to retain a bargaining chip over a separate, larger issue: negotiations about renovating the Dome.”

"This agreement gives the CVC more powerful tools to help entice major events to St. Louis, which parallels our strategy of elevating St. Louis on a global stage," Kevin Demoff, the Rams executive vice president of football operations, said in a statement.

And for now, gives a temporary agreement that will allow everybody involved (the city, the team and the league) to get what they want.

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Comments

Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:29 am
 

St. Louis will allow Rams to play overseas

wonder how much money traveled under the tables to make this happen? 



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 6:44 pm
 

St. Louis will allow Rams to play overseas

It's stupid that they pick the London game to be against someone who only comes to St. Louis once every eight years.  Stupid NFL.  Put a division game there.  We don't care about Seahawks or Cardinals.  Now I have to travel to Nashville to see the Patriots next year. 



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 5:11 pm
 

St. Louis will allow Rams to play overseas

Since this is old news in St. Louis, what is going on, is that the Rams and the city are in the process of negotiating the lease from 2015 to 2025.  The owner of the Rams, Stan Kronke, owns a soccer team in England and is loved in England.  He is doing it for the money.  The city has to make improvements in the stadium for the lease extension.  Has nothing to do with the convention center, one more week  of conventions.  It has a lot to do with negotiating the remainder of the lease.  Notice that no one from the city is quoted in this article, only the Rams.  Josh, I hope you did not get paid for this article.



Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:33 pm
 

St. Louis will allow Rams to play overseas

New England Patriots playing in England, theres a joke in there somewhere. 



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:29 pm
 

St. Louis will allow Rams to play overseas

Give them the Colts, Fighting Irish and the Indiana University instead of the RAMS.

Keep the games in the USA.  Give those cities/states that don't have NFL teams a chance to host a game.

The NFL is AMERICAN.  Keep in in AMERICA.



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:26 pm
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Since: Jul 25, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 2:01 pm
 

St. Louis will allow Rams to play overseas

england rams & mexico jags



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:51 pm
 

St. Louis will allow Rams to play overseas

Hmmm, the England Rams. Might just happen if the Rams owner had the final say.




Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:44 pm
 

St. Louis will allow Rams to play overseas

Lets just give England the Rams and Jags.


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