On Feb. 5, 2010, in his state of the NFL address, Commissioner Roger Goodell pledged to keep the Rams in St. Louis. Jay Nixon to chair the riverfront stadium task force, tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the team cherry-picked statistics it needed to build its case for leaving. In the NFL business, there's no guarantee any … “Compared to all other U.S. cities, St. Louis is struggling.”, That’s how the Rams characterizes St. Louis’ declining population. We’re not dedicated enough. A lot of it had to do with the Stadium. By Todd C. Frankel The Los Angeles Rams are a professional American football team that plays and competes in the National Football League ().The Rams franchise was founded in 1936 as the Cleveland Rams in the short-lived second American Football League before joining the NFL the next year. For now, the city that Kroenke harshly criticized for a lagging economy and that has long been labeled a "baseball town" is left with two professional teams. "The NFL and Stan Kroenke have displayed a callous disregard for the St. Louis area and its loyal football fans," St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said in a statement. Does this open up St. Louis for anything? This one may come as a surprise to the die-hard Rams fans who thought their devotion would be enough to keep the team here. Both times, the issue was the stadium. The team lists several reasons for why it feels St. Louisans aren’t doing enough to support the Rams: They’re unwilling to buy season tickets once they know how much they’ll cost; they consider the Cardinals, not the Rams, to be the most important sports team in the city; they’re put off by owner Stan Kroenke’s efforts to obtain a “First Tier stadium;” and they don’t buy season tickets when the team’s on-field success drops. In 1946, the franchise moved to Los Angeles. Not only does he own the Rams, but he also owns the Colorado Avalanche, Denver … The Rams paints a glowing picture of owner Stan Kroenke and his investment into on-the-field performance before reminding the NFL of St. Louis’ low attendance numbers and ticket revenues. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Jan. 7, 2015, published this illustration after the release of Kroenke's reasons for wanting to move the NFL Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles. Dwindling attendance was cited on the Rams' relocation application. "We will leave it to the NFL to explain how this could happen and hope the next city that may experience what St. Louis has endured will enjoy a happier and more appropriate outcome," the task force said in a statement. Super Bowl timelines for all 32 NFL teams: Who's in mix, getting closer and years away? The Ram's owner Stan Kroenke has been quoted as saying that it's difficult to have an economically successful football team in St. Louis. Kroenke was then minority partner and was often seen glad-handing with players and media in the locker room on game days. 4. “Even the most cursory analysis of the St. Louis financial proposal makes no economic sense for an NFL team,” the team says in the application. While Stan Kroenke relocates the franchise to Inglewood, California, with plans for a lavish stadium, it's back to the bricks for the St. Louis NFL Stadium Task Force, which has a $1 billion plan and fancy artists' renderings for a riverfront stadium that could also house an MLS franchise but no prospective tenants. Those are just a few of the reasons the ownership of the Rams offers in its application to move the team from St. Louis to Los Angeles. He chose St. Louis, because he thought the short-term profits (over the first 5 to 10 years) would be much greater in St. Louis. 1. Fans echoed those sentiments after ponying up for personal seat licenses and season tickets without a winning record for the past dozen years. Take heart, St. Louis fans: The Rams won a Super Bowl previously only years after leaving L.A. for Missouri. Would the Blues benefit from this? ", Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said St. Louis is a "tremendous sports town.". 5 Reasons Why the Rams Want to Leave St. Louis, Rams owner’s application to relocate to Los Angeles just crushes St. Louis, John Oliver’s Message to St. Louis Rams Fans: Make Kroenke Pay for New Stadium. SLM read through the Rams’ application. Why did the Rams leave Saint Louis, Missouri? @STLouisRams assessment of their experience in #STL after 21 seasons of remarkable support is inaccurate & extremely disappointing. St. Louis isn’t just losing population in the city, according to the application. The Rams says moving away from St. Louis would strengthen the league overall. Louis lags, and will continue to lag, far behind in the economic drivers that are necessary for sustained success of an NFL franchise...St. Louis is already the smallest market of the three in both population and gross domestic product before factoring in future growth.”. Contact Lindsay Toler by an email at LToler@stlmag.com or on Twitter @StLouisLindsay. The economic impact of the Rams’ move will probably fall short of the hype in both cities. Copyright 2020 SLM Media Group. P.O. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay cashed in numerous chips to get the city’s Board of Aldermen to vote for St. Louis’ portion of the funding for a stadium. The greater Saint Louis … The team won't be here for long. Rams owner, Stan Kroenke, has made a name for himself as a sports owner. “On opening, the [proposed riverfront] stadium will rank as a 4th quartile gate revenue stadium,” according to the application. For more from St. Louis Magazine, subscribe or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. In the application, the Rams says St. Louis lacks the “necessary corporate and fan support to sustain a NFL team long term,” meaning that not enough St. Louisans are showing support by opening their wallets. #STLNFL. Until last year, one of the family cars was a '93 van that had a Rams tire cover on the back and Rams magnets on the doors. “St. In the relocation application, Kroenke said a team willing to accept the St. Louis stadium deal would be on a path to "financial ruin. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay on Wednesday said the city felt like it was "being led on" and has "no appetite" for seeking another NFL team, based on what he called the dishonest way St. Louis was dealt with over the stadium issue. "They were unbelievable when we turned the team around, and they were good when we were not going good. The possibility of this new gigantic stadium was reason enough for the owners to pass the relocation. Jay Nixon called the vote to approve the move "a clear deviation from the NFL's guidelines.". There aren’t enough people in St. Louis. Here are five reasons the team gives for wanting to leave St. Louis: 1. The Rams’ application trashes the Dome, which it says “is rated by Sports Illustrated and ESPN NFL Nation as the worst stadium in the NFL, and by Time Magazine the ‘7th worst stadium in all sports in the United States.’”, “The Dome’s concourses and premium lounges were too small, club seats were inadequate, points of sale per patron amenities too few, and video boards and media were below standard.”. 2. Take heart, St. Louis fans: The Rams won a Super Bowl previously only years after leaving L.A. for Missouri. Slay pointed out to the NFL that he had never met Rams owner Stan Kroenke, despite the fact that Kroenke was … The new location of the stadium is … The Los Angeles Rams are a professional American football team that plays and competes in the National Football League ().The Rams franchise was founded in 1936 as the Cleveland Rams in the short-lived second American Football League before joining the NFL the next year. 64% Upvoted. In 1946, the franchise moved to Los Angeles. "Historically, you put something out there people are proud of, they show up," Mozeliak said. "And they knew we were putting a lot of energy into this.". St. Louis, MO 63119 Ten moments to remember from the Rams' time in St. Louis, Rovell: Rams' move to L.A. not without its challenges, Fleming: Reclusive NFL owner sparks chaos, relocates the franchise to Inglewood, California. "When it became apparent that we might not be able to reach an agreement, it was then and only then that we looked at alternatives.". This time, the Rams are leaving because of a no-win lease that gave the franchise an out if the Edward Jones Dome wasn't deemed to be in the top quarter of facilities in the league. Until 2006, every home game was a sellout. Vermeil said he loved Kroenke during the Rams' glory years in St. Louis, when Georgia Frontiere was owner. Aside from the inevitable lack of football and all the financial fallout, are there any positives? ", Not enough money -- or desire -- to stay in St. Louis, though. Rams owner Stan Kroenke fought hard to convince the NFL to let him move to LA, and St. Louis won't forget it anytime soon. It was there on Jan. 12 that the league’s 32 owners blessed the Rams to ditch St. Louis for Los Angeles, reversing their 1995 move. The other theory circulating as to why the Rams may be leaving St. Louis centers upon their owner’s bid to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers. Included in the dozen-year drought is a five-year stretch in which they averaged just three wins per … Did he have his head in … Fans and St. Louis authorities fought back against the team’s characterization of its current home. “Their job is not to give a balanced argument.”. It didn't note that there had been four winning seasons in 21 years, with all of them coming in a five-year stretch that former coach Mike Martz often referred to as a "special place in time" and that featured high-powered offensive juggernauts led by Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk. Included in their current 11-year playoff drought is a five-year stretch in which they averaged just three wins per season -- the worst such period in league history. St. Louis fans don’t support the team enough. ST. LOUIS — The Los Angeles Rams and National Football League want to hear from St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones as part of the city's lawsuit over the team's 2016 move. Photography by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images. Rams franchise history St. Louis had a plan for an open-air, $1.1 billion stadium along the Mississippi River north of the Gateway Arch to replace the … Lots of political capital was expended to keep the Rams here. The Ram's owner Stan Kroenke has been quoted as saying that it's difficult to have an economically successful football team in St. Louis. "They were not being truthful," Slay said of the NFL. All rights reserved. So, Stan Kroenke is the new owner of the St. Louis Rams. If the Rams DID leave St. Louis, what would happen? 12. The Rams are leaving St. Louis for SoCal and building a new stadium in Inglewood. The application says the Dome, unlike other NFL stadiums, doesn’t offer enough premium amenities to convince fans to watch the game in person rather than on TV. "I'd say I wasted a lot of hours reading about relocation -- hours I'll never get back," King said. 12 with a worth of $2.9 billion. 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There’s not enough money in the Lou to attract an NFL team, especially when cities in California are on the table, the application says, citing a study that projects St. Louis will rank No. As the NFL meeting in Houston hit a boiling point Tuesday, a keen observer noted that team owners voting on relocating a team (or two) to Los Angeles were choosing between “a piece of … The application’s scathing analysis of St. Louis’ economic prospects made national headlines, such as this report from the Washington Post, titled “Rams owner’s application to relocate to Los Angeles just crushes St. Louis.”, See also: John Oliver’s Message to St. Louis Rams Fans: Make Kroenke Pay for New Stadium. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay cashed in numerous chips to get the city’s Board of Aldermen to vote for St. Louis’ portion of the funding for a stadium. Super Bowl LV score predictions: Who wins Chiefs-Buccaneers? save hide report. What happens if Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson decides to sit out? And there aren’t enough of us. The task force said the decision "concludes a flawed process" and it planned no "news events" the rest of the week. The Edward Jones Dome is still adorned with St. Louis Rams signage, in St Louis, Missouri, January 13, 2016. Overwhelmingly, the Rams have been a flop in St. Louis. "I thought the crowds were very good when I was here," said Dick Vermeil, who coached the Greatest Show on Turf team to the franchise's lone Super Bowl title in the 1999 season. Enjoy it while it lasts. ", During the Devils-Blues NHL telecast Tuesday night, St. Louis announcer John Kelly said simply, "very disappointing news. “Compared with Oakland and San Diego, St. Louis is projected to have relatively flat population growth” in the next two decades, the report says, citing a Charles River Associates study. 29 among NFL Markets while Oakland ranked No. Added Slay: "The NFL ignored the facts" and fans "who supported the team through far more downs than ups. If you ask NFL owners you'd most likely receive an emphatic no to that very question. 10 responses to “ Clark Hunt says he did not want Rams to leave St. Louis ” Post_awaiting_deletion says: August 7, 2016 at 11:08 am. In the NFL business, there's no guarantee any sports team will stay put out of fan loyalty. State and civic leaders who banded together in an effort to keep the Rams in town are feeling jilted. Another stat to compare is the population of Saint Louis and Los Angeles. For decades, Savard has been a fixture of local media, both at KMOV and as the radio play-by-play announcer for the St. Louis Rams NFL franchise from 2000 through the team’s 2015 departure. Mostly money and greed. The Rams’ application to relocate to Los Angeles lays out in painful detail all of owner Stan Kroenke’s problems with his team’s current city. 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Over the years, King estimates the family spent around $50,000 following the team, including trips to training camp in Macomb, Illinois. He chose St. Louis, because he thought the short-term profits (over the first 5 to 10 years) would be much greater in St. Louis. Packers' Aaron Rodgers vs. Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes: NFL MVP case for and against each, History says Chiefs likely will lose: Why it's so hard to repeat as Super Bowl champs, Why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were only team that could get Bruce Arians back to coaching, How Jason Pierre-Paul's incredible amputation comeback is about more than just him. Citing local media coverage of a study from WalletHub, the application says St. Louis “had the lowest rate of population growth of any major U.S. city from 2008 to 2014—registering a loss of 1.74 percent of its citizens while most cities registered gains.”. ST. LOUIS • The St. Louis region is losing population and lags in economic drivers to such a degree that it cannot support three professional sports … In 1988, the city lost the Cardinals to Phoenix over dithering about a new facility that team owner Bill Bidwill eventually built in the desert. The team paints a glowing picture of Kroenke and his investment into on-the-field performance before reminding the NFL of St. Louis’ low attendance numbers and ticket revenues. “And that’s probably not surprising,” Peacock said. There aren’t enough people in St. Louis. The Edward Jones Dome isn’t good enough. 314-918-3000. “The Dome was simply too small, too dark and too obsolete to be First Tier.”. The report also cites the 2015 U.S. Mayor’s Report, which ranks St. Louis No. The Associated Press contributed to this report. The Saint Louis Rams make up 2.6% of the total NFL attendance to games. There are no new local revenue streams to pay for the increased costs.”. Rams franchise history St. Louis had a plan for an open-air, $1.1 billion stadium along the Mississippi River north of the Gateway Arch to replace the Edward Jones Dome. “Compared to all other U.S. cities, St. … Why? "He was absolutely outstanding," Vermeil said. 35 comments. “All of the costs of stadium operations and Capital Expenditures funding have been shifted to the NFL Club for the next 30 years. Going back to the Rams' original deal with the city, during the time it was contemplating leaving Los Angeles for St. Louis, Nagourney talks about a meeting with Rams' longtime president John Shaw: 26 in growth among NFL markets. With this low of a number, Saint Louis should never host a professional football team ever again. 3 and San Diego ranked No. Lots of political capital was expended to keep the Rams here. “In a fourth-floor meeting room inside a posh hotel in suburban Houston on Tuesday, the owners were so taken by the possibilities of this gargantuan stadium and surrounding buildings that it was only a matter of time before the proposal was accepted” (Bob Glauber). A lot of it had to do with the Stadium. BOX 191606 share. Edward Jones Dome was financed by the state of Missouri and city of St. Louis in 1995 [ 1]. The application says the Rams would be responsible for at least $710 million in private financing, resulting in “a negative cash flow of $7.5 million” with only $355 million coming from the public—$45 million less than the stadium task force had promised. Edward Jones Dome was financed by the state of Missouri and city of St. Louis in 1995 [ 1]. The Rams were the biggest gainer, moving from outside the top 50 to No. "It is troubling that the league would allow for the relocation of a team when a home market has worked in good faith and presented a strong and viable proposal," he said. ", Missouri Gov. Mostly money and greed. The team cites a Post-Dispatch report showing that the county lost 50,000 people and $3.41 billion in resident income between 2001 and 2010. Brian King was 6 years old when the Rams arrived in 1995 and his father purchased season tickets. The 29-page document characterizes St. Louis as a “struggling” city without enough people, funds, or other resources to keep any NFL team, let alone the Rams. The Rams dedicate an entire section of the application to listing why no NFL club, including the Rams, would want to sign the lease on the new stadium proposed for St. Louis’s riverfront. It said the team had a contractual right to leave St. Louis because the dome was no longer among the top 25% of … The Rams’ last game as a St. Louis-based franchise was on January 3, 2016, against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium, … Going back to the Rams' original deal with the city, during the time it was contemplating leaving Los Angeles for St. Louis, Nagourney talks about a meeting with Rams… First of all, because the city of St. Louis failed to fulfill the “top tier clause” in its stadium lease agreement, thus legally freeing owner Stan Kroenke to relocate the Rams’ franchise back to Los Angeles, where he perceived that long-term business conditions would be better. 5. ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis is a two-time NFL loser. Is the city of St. Louis a viable NFL market? ", "We have negotiated in good faith with the Regional Sports Authority for more than a decade trying to find a viable and sustainable solution," Kroenke said in a statement. We’re not rich enough. 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