If you thought the Los Angeles Rams/Stan Kroenke Saga in St. Louis was finally over, you’re wrong. The city of St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority have filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court in St. Louis City against the National Football League and all of the teams and owners in the league. They are citing that the NFL violated its set relocation guidelines when it allowed the Rams to head west to Los Angeles. They NFL is being sued for over $1 billion.
According to Reuters.com, The charges against the NFL in the lawsuit include breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraudulent misrepresentation, and business interference. But enough of the legal mumbo jumbo. If you would like to read up on the more legal side of things, head to this link: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nfl-lawsuit-idUSKBN17E2D3
It’s unclear how far this lawsuit will go or if the city of St. Louis even has a chance to win. But I, as should many other St. Louisans, sure as hell hope the city can get the maximum amount of money from the league possible. The NFL was not fair at all in its decision to relocate the Rams to LA and should at least award St. Louis some sort of financial compensation.
Kroenke and many of his rich NFL owner buddies had the fix in from the start. Jeff Fisher stated that it was made clear to him upon hiring in January of 2012 that the team had plans to move nearly 2,000 miles west in the coming years. In an interview with ESPN, Rams GM Les Snead was quoted saying that also upon his hiring in 2012, his main goal was to turn a mediocre roster into a contender by the time the team moved to LA.
Worst of all, possibly, was Stan Kroenke’s right hand mind, his puppet, Kevin Demoff. Demoff reaffirmed St. Louis time after time that there were no plans for the Rams to move and that Kroenke’s commitment was to St. Louis. Kroenke himself said back in 2010 that his plans were to keep the Rams in St. Louis. For a guy who was born in and grew up near Columbia, Missouri, attended Mizzou, and helped get the Rams to St. Louis in the first place, we thought we could take the guy seriously.
I could go on and on about how the fix was on from years ago, but the fact of the matter is that it’s been pounded in our heads time after time over the last year and a half. I hope St. Louis takes down in the NFL. The city spent massive amounts of money to keep this inept football team and also in attempts to keep them. I, just like many St. Louis sports fans, have lost nearly all interest in the NFL. St. Louis is sick of hearing about the Rams but would love nothing more than for the city to take down the corrupted NFL in court. Best of luck, St. Louis.