Statement of Reasons in Support of the Rams’ Application to Relocate to Los Angeles

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“Any NFL Club that signs on to this proposal in STL will be well on the road to financial ruin.”

In its statement to the NFL supporting relocation to Los Angeles, the St. Louis Rams offer the following four arguments. The entire 29-page document is available below:

Relocating the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles will strengthen the league:
A. San Diego And Oakland Are Substantially Stronger Markets ThanThe St. Louis Market.
B. St. Louis Is Not A Three Professional Team Market.
C. Despite Significant Financial Investments, The Rams Have BeenU nable To Improve The Financial Performance Of The Team In The St. Louis Market.
D. Relocating The Rams Supports Traditional Rivalries And Eliminates A Need To Realign Divisions.

San Diego statement on relocation to Los Angeles

Oakland Raiders statement on relocation to Los Angeles

[click here for nextSTL coverage of the Rams and NFL team relocation]

Statement of Reasons in Support of the Rams’ Application to Relocate to Los Angeles by nextSTL.com

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  • Matt B

    It’s ok just let Stan keep on burning those bridges.

  • Ice_Burned

    Step 1: Sour the atmosphere in your sports market. Step 2: Purchase land in another city. Step 3: Use anything negative written in the press about your team to justify leaving town to the league.

    The Rams justification over and over again in the document: ‘Its allowed in the contract’. Nothing else matters.

    Reasons B and C are a slap in the face and weakly backed up in the document. When the Rams were winning at the turn of the century, the fans showed up. Since then this team played inconsistently, was managed poorly, and made unwise/unlucky draft picks for a majority of the last 15 years. The quarterback drives the brand in this league, and a lack of star power at the position really hurt them after Warner’s exit followed by Bulger’s demise. Bradford won the fans over after his first year, it’s too bad he couldn’t maintain it.

    This league is run by robber barons who are totally out of touch. Financial ruin? Do any of the owners make their primary income from owning a team? The teams are like expensive paintings or yachts that they own for prestige, no owner is even close to risking financial ruin here. The league has non-profit tax status!

    My eyes are dry as Mr. Kroenke and this franchise leave town. I hate the new stadium proposal, but if down the road Mr. Khan wanted to move the Jaguars into a slightly updated dome, that could be a nice fit if approved by public vote for a reasonable price. Doubt it though. Maybe when the value of the league is decreased by further player crime, concussion, and fantasy gambling scandals that will be on the table. In the meantime, can we replace some other things that need fixing around here?