Rams stadium dispute heading to arbitration

AP

Rams fans have one more thing that team COO Kevin Demoff doesn’t think they should worry about.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission voted Thursday to enter binding arbitration with the Rams to settle their dispute over how the Edward Jones Dome will be improved into the “first-tier” facility (better than three-quarters of the league’s stadiums, required by the team’s lease. If the CVC can not come through, the Rams would be able to leave St. Louis after the 2014 season.

The CVC had until tomorrow to come to an agreement with the Rams and avoid arbitration, but Thursday’s vote indicates that such a deal was not close to happening. The Rams recently submitted a renovation proposal (the picture on this page comes from that proposal) that would cost $700 million, without any mention of how much money the team would spend, which the CVC rejected and the Rams have not been interested in any of the CVC’s proposals.

Arbitration is expected to last throughout the year. At the end, arbitrators can endorse an existing plan or come up with one of their own and the CVC would have 60 days to accept those terms.

27 responses to “Rams stadium dispute heading to arbitration

  1. It seems as if everything in the NFL is heading for arbitration, circuit court, judge this lawyer that. Can’t wait for September 5th.

  2. I believe they will come to an agreement,both sides will compromise to whats best for them,but the fans & Saint Louis

  3. That dome looks like a page out of the Clay Bennett playbook of propose a venue that you know is way too expensive so that it won’t be built and you can subsequently leave.

  4. My prediction, everyone works out a great compromise where the city, the CVC, Stan and the NFL loan program all agree to chip in to remodel the Ed into an awesome NFL stadium… and then it ends up having to go to a vote and it gets angrily defeated by the taxpayers.

  5. The Rams simply want to go Home to were they belong !! Los Angeles Rams !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even the Vikings Contributed to thier New Stadium were as the Rams have not said they would spend a Dime !!!!!
    Los Angeles Rams !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. fcoprado says: “I believe they will come to an agreement,both sides will compromise to whats best for them,but the fans & Saint Louis

    . . . but the fans & Saint Louis what?
    Little fast on the submit button, or am I missing something?

  7. If the CVC rejects the ruling of the aribitrator, does anyone really think the Rams will want to play two more seasons in a lame duck city? If the CVC takes a pass, I smell a buy out.

  8. How did a distressingly vague term like “first tier” ever work its way into the lease in the first place?
    Unless there are specific targets written in the lease to quantify the term, it seems like the Rams can dictate what constitutes “first tier” to them. Let’s assume for sake of argument that that it boils down to revenue potential.

    That may put St. Louis behind the 8-ball regardless of how many bells and whistles they put into the dome, since the current model for squeezing money out of an NFL stadium largely relies on things like pricey PSLs and high-rent boxes. Is it likely that there enough football fans in the city who are in a financial position to purchase those seat licenses? Are there enough business interests in the region to lease those high rent box-seats?

    There’s a reason the Ritz-Carlton is in New York City, not Fargo — and that’s not meant to be an insult to Fargo for those of you North Dakotans on the board – it’s just the math.

  9. The Rams just can’t get a break and find a city where the fans aren’t Fair Weather.

  10. The Rams just can’t get a break and find a city where the fans aren’t Fair Weather.

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    There are still plenty of Rams fans, and they just went through the worst stretch of any team in NFL history, so calling them fair weather is kinda stretching it. Disappointed, disgruntled and fed up would be fair though.

  11. One Up the Bum says:Jun 14, 2012 8:39 PM

    The Rams just can’t get a break and find a city where the fans aren’t Fair Weather.

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    Kind of like the Cardinals?

  12. beavertonsteve says:
    Jun 14, 2012 9:27 PM
    The Rams just can’t get a break and find a city where the fans aren’t Fair Weather.

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    There are still plenty of Rams fans, and they just went through the worst stretch of any team in NFL history, so calling them fair weather is kinda stretching it. Disappointed, disgruntled and fed up would be fair though.

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    At least you guys won a Super Bowl, and within the past 15 years.

    -Fed up Vikings fan

  13. I would hate any town to lose their team. Someone mentioned the rams to la and the Jags to st lou. Why would the Jags do that? The stadium issue going to go away? Maybe one of the two teams does move to la but the town that loses a team jax or st lou should not get another team. Jax sells more tickets right now and st lou has had a team that won a superbowl. Yes I am a Jags fan and know the team MIGHT move. But they sure will not move somewhere they will make LESS money.

  14. The Rams have been terrible for most of the time they’ve been in St. Louis so if I were St. Louis I would let them go. The money can go to better things.

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