NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged today that there are potential problems between the Rams and St. Louis, but he said he still expects the Rams to become the designated “home” team for an annual game in London.
“We’re going to play the London games,” Goodell said. “We hope it will be with the Rams and the New England Patriots next year. That’s what we planned. I think it’s great for the city of St. Louis to be able to get that global exposure, but there are issues that are going to have to get resolved.”
The issues that have to get resolved revolve around the Rams’ lease, which says the Rams’ regular-season home games have to be played at the Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis wants to hold the Rams to that term of the lease, while the Rams are saying the local taxpayers will need to finance improvements to the stadium to put it in the top 25 percent of all NFL stadiums. If issues come to a head, it’s possible that the Rams could move out of St. Louis entirely, but Goodell said he hopes it doesn’t come to that.
“We want to keep our franchises where they are so we’d love to have the St. Louis Rams stay in St. Louis,” Goodell said. “There are lease issues.”
But one way or another, Goodell promised, “We will be playing in London next year.”