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After arbitration, CVC will have big decision to make

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It’s fitting that in this age of maximum NFL involvement in the litigation process the fate of the Rams in St. Louis will be determined in large part by a form of litigation.

Actually, arbitration has become a popular alternative to full-blown litigation, allowing parties to resolve differences through a private process that keeps cases out of the courts — which in turns makes the courts very interested in private parties using arbitration.

In St. Louis, with the Rams and the Convention and Visitors Commission unable to agree on what it will take to make the Edward Jones Dome a “first-tier stadium,” three arbitrators will now hear each side out and come up with a plan for placing the venue at least within the top eight of all NFL facilities.

Once the arbitrators, who will be selected by the two sides with the only disqualifying factor being residence in Missouri (where the team now plays) or California (where the team could eventually move), reach a decision, the CVC will have 60 days to decide whether to accept it.

If the CVC accepts the plan, the Rams must stay put for 10 more years.  If the CVC rejects it, the Rams can terminate the lease, converting the situation to a year-to-year arrangement that would allow the Rams to leave after any given season.

Setting aside for now the wisdom of the Rams or the CVC agreeing to this process when the Rams moved to St. Louis in 1995, both sides did — and now both sides must proceed with arbitration, the outcome of which will go a long way toward determining whether the team will stay or go.

And until the Rams make it clear that, no matter what, they won’t be leaving, there’s every reason for folks in St. Louis to worry about the outcome.  But if the Rams want the CVC to ultimately accept the decision issued by the arbitrators, the Rams have to create the impression that, without the upgrades, the Rams will leave.

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14 Responses to “After arbitration, CVC will have big decision to make”
  1. sportsjoker says: Jun 16, 2012 6:16 PM

    It might be best for the Rams to head back to LA.

  2. mizzouram says: Jun 16, 2012 7:10 PM

    Rams belong in St. Louis.

  3. nflinla says: Jun 16, 2012 7:39 PM

    Rams belong in Los Angeles

  4. cincinnasti says: Jun 16, 2012 8:59 PM

    Rams belong in Cleveland..

  5. seahawkgoat says: Jun 16, 2012 10:06 PM

    Rams belong in the wild…

  6. One Up the Bum says: Jun 16, 2012 10:12 PM

    Rams belong in the mountains…

  7. beavertonsteve says: Jun 16, 2012 10:21 PM

    Rams belong at the castle gates…

  8. ramitbaby says: Jun 16, 2012 10:31 PM

    The Rams belong in the Superbowl.

  9. nickp91 says: Jun 16, 2012 10:53 PM

    It’s time for the return of the Los Angeles Rams.

  10. t3dstrik3r says: Jun 16, 2012 10:58 PM

    Rams belong on crappy American trucks.

  11. JasonW in Miami says: Jun 17, 2012 12:38 AM

    I’m not sure if the Rams want to stay in “Da Lou” all the while St. Louis has been resembling Oakland the last few years.

    The real question is whom would that stadium benefit in the end? Not the Rams because the second they move back to L.A. they can recoup the early termination money they coughed up to St. Louis before they even hit Farmers Field or Grand Crossing. Not to mention playing in much nicer weather and in a market that is second only to New York.

    In the end, this isn’t much more than a runaround. The Rams are headed back to L.A., Stan and Co. doesn’t want to admit it yet.

  12. larams4lyfe says: Jun 17, 2012 1:42 AM

    The Rams belong in Los Angeles. They were the FIRST major sports franchise on the West Coast. They have 49 years of history there. The Rams should be an outdoor team with horns on the shoulders, who absolutely despise the Niners. Time to undo that hag Georgia’s spell and come home. BTW leave those ugly arena league uniforms in St Louis. Say the words and feel the weight… LOS ANGLES RAMS!!!!!

  13. msclemons67 says: Jun 17, 2012 3:05 AM

    I thought this was PRO Football Talk. Why is there an article about the Rams here?

  14. larams4lyfe says: Jun 17, 2012 10:25 AM

    One more thing, if the CVC accepts the arbitrators decision it’s not a done deal. The next hurdle would be getting the St Louis taxpayers to agree to pay for the renovation. Would St Louis taxpayers, who are still paying off the original dome, agree to spend another 400-700 mill? Probably not, especially since the Rams could just lave after another 10 years.

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