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Rams stadium dispute heading to arbitration

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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.

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27 Responses to “Rams stadium dispute heading to arbitration”
  1. ravenator says: Jun 14, 2012 6:08 PM

    LA Rams

  2. omgmall says: Jun 14, 2012 6:30 PM

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

  3. covercorner says: Jun 14, 2012 6:31 PM

    Will everyone view the Rams as greedy for wanting more money for their stadium, just like players who want more money?

  4. binkystevens says: Jun 14, 2012 6:33 PM

    It’s not a stadium, it’s a dome. There’s a difference. Actual men play football in the former.

  5. skoobyfl says: Jun 14, 2012 6:35 PM

    Buh-Bye.

  6. fcoprado says: Jun 14, 2012 6:44 PM

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

  7. cuffhimbanano says: Jun 14, 2012 7:10 PM

    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.

  8. mnrube23 says: Jun 14, 2012 7:20 PM

    good luck to the ram fans that still want the team. feels like yesterday when Viking fans where dealing with this issue.

  9. beavertonsteve says: Jun 14, 2012 7:22 PM

    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.

  10. magnustroi says: Jun 14, 2012 7:37 PM

    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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. NoHomeTeam says: Jun 14, 2012 7:43 PM

    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?

  12. patriotsdefense says: Jun 14, 2012 7:50 PM

    Los Angeles Rams

    St. Louis Jaguars

  13. fballguy says: Jun 14, 2012 7:54 PM

    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.

  14. NoHomeTeam says: Jun 14, 2012 8:38 PM

    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.

  15. 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.

  16. jaylaw01 says: Jun 14, 2012 9:03 PM

    $700m “renovation?” Dang that sounds like extortion to the highest degree. $700m, just tear it down and start over

  17. southcakpanther says: Jun 14, 2012 9:27 PM

    Domes are so lame. Play outside! Just like mom used to tell us as kids.

  18. 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.

    —————————————

    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.

  19. jomochiefsfan84 says: Jun 14, 2012 10:11 PM

    Na Na Na Na Hey Hey Hey Goodbye!!!

  20. veence69 says: Jun 14, 2012 10:28 PM

    I hope you hadn’t grown too attached to that franchise, St Louis.. They’ve got one foot out the door already.

  21. wjf010 says: Jun 14, 2012 11:15 PM

    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.

    ******

    Kind of like the Cardinals?

  22. thermalito says: Jun 14, 2012 11:25 PM

    Say goodbye St. Louis. The Rams will be back in Los Angeles this time next year.

  23. rcunningham says: Jun 14, 2012 11:47 PM

    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.

    —————————————

    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.

    _______________________

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

    -Fed up Vikings fan

  24. monsterofyourgirlsmidway says: Jun 15, 2012 12:38 AM

    Please come back to L.A… That stadium proposal by AEG right next to the staple center would give you your “first tier” stadium

  25. ssraebel says: Jun 15, 2012 6:38 AM

    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.

  26. bunjy96 says: Jun 15, 2012 9:20 AM

    Who’s next to want a stadium and rip the taxpayers
    off?

  27. claydog16 says: Jun 15, 2012 11:56 AM

    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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