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From the local NBC Affiliate KSDK:

    St. Louis, MO (KSDK) -- It's been nearly a month since the initial proposal put forth by the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission to the St. Louis Rams detailing a plan it hopes will keep the team in town beyond 2015.

    A spokesman for the CVC says the St. Louis Rams have responded, saying they do not accept.

    Instead, the St. Louis Rams are going to submit their own proposal to improve the Edward Jones Dome by May 1.

    The CVC says they look forward to receiving it.

    The Rams have a lease with the CVC that says if the Dome isn't one of the best in the NFL, they can leave town. This is a status many think the Dome will never reach, but the CVC says, it has a plan to keep the Rams.

    If the two sides can't come to terms, the process goes to arbitration in June.


I just can't see the Rams staying, no matter what the city or area throw at them. The potential for more revenue is obviously there in LA.

This could mean the end to NFL football for St Louis. TWO teams leave? They'll never get another team.
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While I would lean slightly towards them leaving, this would have happened even if they planned to stay. They're not just going to accept the CVC's offer; it's their opportunity now to counter and work towards the middle. This is just business as usual.
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I love the crazy rumor that Stan Kroenke would move the Rams to London to play in Wembeley.



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LA has never and will never be a good place for NFL football. There is way too much to do in LA plus there are no traditions. LA fans care about the Lakers, Dodgers and USC. Bringing back the LA Rams has some tradition, but its been gone for awhile. Long enough to win a Super Bowl in St. Louis. If they move to LA, it will be another disaster.



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Yeah, it's seemingly just a matter of time before the Rams leave. That "stadium has to be one of the best in the NFL" is somewhat open to interpretation, but really, by any criteria the Edward James Dome doesn't fit the bill.

I wouldn't discount St. Louis' chances of getting another team. Don't count out the possibility of the Jaguars moving.



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    Originally posted by lotjx
    LA has never and will never be a good place for NFL football. There is way too much to do in LA plus there are no traditions. LA fans care about the Lakers, Dodgers and USC. Bringing back the LA Rams has some tradition, but its been gone for awhile. Long enough to win a Super Bowl in St. Louis. If they move to LA, it will be another disaster.

There's more to do in New York than there is to do in LA, yet the area easily supports two teams.

I think if the team is decent it will be fashionable (at least in the short term) to be an LA Rams fan. Either that or they land a couple of marquee players.

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    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Yeah, it's seemingly just a matter of time before the Rams leave. That "stadium has to be one of the best in the NFL" is somewhat open to interpretation, but really, by any criteria the Edward James Dome doesn't fit the bill.

    I wouldn't discount St. Louis' chances of getting another team. Don't count out the possibility of the Jaguars moving.


Actually, you can just about count out the prospect of the Jags moving. Their lease is damned near iron-clad, and would be hugely expensive to get out of.

As for the Edward Jones Dome...one of the most ridiculous stadiums I've ever worked in. Visiting teams enter the field under temporary stands...through a freakin' LOBBY. I sh*t you not. They put up giant cubicle dividers to hide the public's eyes from the players' path from the visitors locker room through that lobby and under those temporary stands.

The NFL put some of us visiting media types on the players' side of those cubicles to set up our TV gear a few years ago. You should've seen the look on Favre's face when we were sitting right there as they opened up the locker room doors. All we could do was shrug.

The field itself is referred to as one of the "halls" in the whole complex. Simply freakin' mind-boggling setup.

Now, the return of the LA Rams in a sparkling-new Farmers Field, next door to the Staples Center? That could work.





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We know LA is building a stadium, and it's plain sense to have a team in the second largest market in the NFL. However, I think the Rams are just the sexiest name out there. The Raiders and Chargers have been brought up since both teams had played in LA before as well and understand stadium woes (still love the Murph). Jacksonville gets thrown around due to blackouts, Minnesota is officially out with their new facility coming, and The Bills aren't moving west.



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