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Rams submit their plan for dome renovation

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Though the Rams may eventually return to Los Angeles, a move can’t happen until the team and the powers-that-be in St. Louis complete a dance that includes offers and counteroffers and, possibly, arbitration.

The process began earlier this year, with the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission making an initial proposal regarding improvements to the Edward Jones Dome.  Not long thereafter, the Rams generally said that the proposal isn’t good enough.  The Rams have now responded with a proposal of their own, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Rams have declined to release the proposal publicly, but the involvement of a public commission in the process undoubtedly means that the Convention and Visitors Commission will be required to release the documents upon request.

If the parties can’t work out a plan for improving the existing structure by June 15, the dispute would head to arbitration (presumably non-binding).  Without an eventual agreement, the Rams will be on a year-to-year lease after the 2014 season.

The Rams are regarded as candidates to return to Los Angeles, and possibly to move to London.  The team plans to play one home game at Wembley Stadium in of the next three seasons.

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16 Responses to “Rams submit their plan for dome renovation”
  1. rajbais says: May 1, 2012 1:09 PM

    London is not a football town!!!!!

    Let football players live where they prefer to live!!!!

    Also, no more moving speculation until the team has “one foot, the head, the torso, chest, both arms, and the rest of the body except for the other foot” out the door!!!!

  2. sj39 says: May 1, 2012 1:16 PM

    I know you will delete my comment because you cannot stand criticism (hey, it’s your site do what you want but you have to admit you have issues) but when will you get it through your thick head that the NFL does not want a team in LA? Forget the television market, the NFL already has it. For too many owners being able to hold their cities hostage over the threat of moving to LA is just to great of an advantage. They will never approve the move. LA will remain teamless.

  3. mp42245 says: May 1, 2012 1:21 PM

    rajbais says:
    May 1, 2012 1:09 PM
    London is not a football town!!!!!

    Let football players live where they prefer to live!!!!
    ################################################

    I’m sure some would not prefer to live in Oakland, Jackonsonville, Buffalo also.

  4. rabbdogg says: May 1, 2012 1:37 PM

    nfl needs to stay in the north america..screw london

  5. NoHomeTeam says: May 1, 2012 1:59 PM

    “In a statement, the Rams front office said it would not release the plan, citing a confidentiality provision in the team’s lease of the Dome.
    ‘The process and procedure is confidential under the parties’ agreements, and the Rams will continue to respect hide behind those confidentiality obligations,’the statement said.”

    Translation: We’d just as soon not let the public know that we’re asking for the moon, because there might be fallout at the ticket office . . .

  6. rascalmanny says: May 1, 2012 2:14 PM

    I will never support an NFL team outside America.

    Nor would I ever go to an NFL game outside of America.

    Keep the NFL in the USA.

  7. johnnyb216 says: May 1, 2012 2:20 PM

    You would think that with modern building techniques they could get a building to last longer than 15 years. What’s the deal here?

  8. jimmylions says: May 1, 2012 2:28 PM

    When Tim Leiweke submitted the environmental impact report for Farmers Field, he posed with a fan holding a Ram’s jersey (with the name Leiweke on the back).

    http://www.trbimg.com/img-4f7e2dae/turbine/lat-eir-new_m20w7zpd20120405161702/600

    The stadium is close to a done deal, but not quite. There are still some i’s to dot and t’s to cross.

    AEG has submitted some pretty optimistic numbers about people using mass transit to get to the stadium. The numbers aren’t totally far fetched, but they aren’t quite real either.

    There’s still issues where everyone wants to make sure the stadium is executed in a way that it doesn’t create more headaches than benefits.

    So there’s still some work to do, but I think it’s safe to say this is going to happen.

  9. rollteal says: May 1, 2012 2:30 PM

    The Teams that are started in America need to stay in America if decades from now the sport is still thriving and then I could see possibly putting in expansion Franchise in London !!

  10. jluns275 says: May 1, 2012 3:13 PM

    It’s completely unreasonable to have an NFL team in Lomdon.
    There isn’t a way the travel could be easily handled.
    West coast teams & midwest teams already suffer under the league’s rabid east coast bias.
    The only way that could possibly work is if there were a European conference of teams that played within itself & did not play North American teams until playoffs or Super Bowl.

  11. britishraven says: May 1, 2012 3:32 PM

    There never will be a franchise over here in London. I genuinely believe 99% of fans over here DON’T want it to happen – there’s no way it could sell out Wembley 8 times a year.

    However, if you don’t want teams playing games overseas, why don’t some of you go to the home games? There’s no way St Louis would be happy to come over here 3 times in 3 years if they were playing in front of a sold out crowd every week

  12. chuckleberry1974 says: May 1, 2012 3:35 PM

    Raj,

    Why are you shouting?

  13. turdfurgerson68 says: May 1, 2012 4:57 PM

    Ugh, just plan the move back to California already.

    LA Rams = Forever cool

    St Louis Rams = Forever lame

  14. NoHomeTeam says: May 1, 2012 5:34 PM

    “jimmylions says: When Tim Leiweke submitted the environmental impact report for Farmers Field, he posed with a fan holding a Ram’s jersey (with the name Leiweke on the back).”

    I seem to recall the guys with the Rams jerseys are the organizers of a group that calls itself Return The Rams or something like that, so there may be a little bit of bias there.

    That said, I hope that it all comes together. It would be fantastic to be able to hop on the metro and head over to a Los Angeles Rams home game.

  15. jeffinstlouis says: May 1, 2012 8:37 PM

    Here, I fixed it for you.

    LA Rams = Forever Blacked Out

    St Louis Rams = Greatest Show on Turf

  16. stlrams39 says: May 3, 2012 6:02 PM

    LA Rams already failed.
    Why would they be forever cool this time?

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