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Rams scrap plans to play in London in 2013 and 2014

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The St. Louis Rams were met with local resistance when they announced plans to play “home” games in London for the next three years, and now the Rams are throwing in the towel.

The Rams announced today that they will not play home games in London in 2013 or 2014, saying they want to put all their focus on getting the Edward Jones Dome up to the standards of the NFL’s “first-tier” stadiums.

Plans for the Rams to “host” the Patriots at Wembley Stadium on October 28 will go forward as scheduled, but different teams will be chosen to serve as the home teams in the NFL’s games in London in 2013 and 2014.

In the short term, this is good news for St. Louis fans who want to see their team play eight real home games a year. But in the long term, it could be a step toward the team relocating entirely. If St. Louis isn’t able to make the necessary improvements to the Edward Jones Dome to satisfy Rams owner Stan Kroenke, he could point out that he gave in on the request from the folks in St. Louis to scrap his plan to play an annual game in London, and that St. Louis didn’t reciprocate by giving in on his requests for stadium upgrades.

And his next move after that could be finding another city — maybe London, maybe Los Angeles — that would host the Rams’ home games, eight times a year.

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36 Responses to “Rams scrap plans to play in London in 2013 and 2014”
  1. thesmartestmanever says: Aug 13, 2012 2:28 PM

    noo keep playing in london. now if only they can play thier away games in Cambodia the world would be a better place

  2. bennyb82 says: Aug 13, 2012 2:31 PM

    I am guessing London scrapped plans to allow the Rams to play there. The Rams just have a faster PR dept.

  3. fcmlefty1 says: Aug 13, 2012 2:31 PM

    Vikings will be the team to do it in probably 2014. One less game to play at smaller TCF Bank Stadium.

  4. realitypolice says: Aug 13, 2012 2:36 PM

    I am curious how the NFL squares their strict anti-gambling stance with the fact there are betting kiosks INSIDE the stadium where they play this game?

  5. whodeyinpa says: Aug 13, 2012 2:38 PM

    Thank goodness. I was afraid we were going to give them more crappy teams to watch. It was bad enough they had to watch the Dolphins before with Cleo Lemon as their QB….oh the horror.

  6. jacksonvillejags4life says: Aug 13, 2012 2:41 PM

    It’s funny because the game in London is a bigger deal in the States than GB. No one in London cares about American Football…and no one goes to the games…

  7. schmitty2 says: Aug 13, 2012 2:42 PM

    As a Rams fan I’m happy to see this. We dont need anyone outside of America to see how terrible we are

  8. paperlions says: Aug 13, 2012 2:43 PM

    Let ‘em leave. Local communities have more important things to worry about than miffed billionaire’s that can’t be bothered to spend their own money to support their hobby. In the current economy, spending any public money on billionaire welfare is unconscionable. That money can be put to much better use funding education or creating local jobs by investing in local infrastructure (road/bridge/utility construction and upkeep).

  9. briang123 says: Aug 13, 2012 2:48 PM

    realitypolice says: Aug 13, 2012 2:36 PM

    I am curious how the NFL squares their strict anti-gambling stance with the fact there are betting kiosks INSIDE the stadium where they play this game?
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    Really? Put those here in America and I’ll start going to the games again. Problem now is that my 3G connection is too slow inside the stadium to get my online bets in and my bookie can’t hear me when I call. I mean, that is what I think would happen if gambling were legal.

  10. cincinnasti says: Aug 13, 2012 2:52 PM

    If ANY team is going to go to LA it needs to be the Rams or the Raiders… Both have the history and Stadium issues to make it realistic… Only way this works is if ONE of those two teams go back…

  11. rajbais says: Aug 13, 2012 2:54 PM

    Why would London be another city for the Rams to call home after they scrapped their 2013-14 one-game plans???

    That’s like the Dolphins re-signing Chad Johnson after releasing him two days earlier!!!

  12. britishraven says: Aug 13, 2012 2:55 PM

    The betting kiosks are closed during NFL game day. I’m not sure how you can say nobody goes to the games – there’ll be 80,000+ there this year which will probably be the 2nd highest attendance that weekend (after Dallas).

  13. sarkent says: Aug 13, 2012 2:55 PM

    The NFL games in London do sell out, but I think the league is doing things the wrong way. The English Premier League (soccer) is the worlds most popular sport and they don’t play any regular season games outside of their normal stadium. So the NFL shouldn’t have to resort to the gimmick either.

    As an aside, while I do think an NFL team will end up in LA at some point, I do think PFT brings up the issue way to much with any team they come across. The list of actual teams that might move is pretty short, and I doubt the Rams are actually on it.

  14. tcostant says: Aug 13, 2012 3:00 PM

    Move to London, that will show them…

  15. thetooloftools says: Aug 13, 2012 3:02 PM

    We here in Cleveland are begging for the Browns to go to London and they won’t !

  16. steelerssmack4u says: Aug 13, 2012 3:04 PM

    I like the sound of the ole LA Rams!!! It has a nice ring to it

  17. renpen21 says: Aug 13, 2012 3:13 PM

    Jacksonvillejags4life you couldn’t be further from the truth, The games in the UK have a huge following.
    I’ve been to them all so far and will be going again this year, I’m a Redskins fan but given we only currently get 1 game a season i’d watch anyone even Jacksonville !! I think the idea of a UK team is a bad idea as there’s no way i’d stop supporting the Redskins regardless of whether a team was based here, On the London support i’m not sure but it travel down from a placed called yorkshire 4 hours away for the games it’s one of the highlights of the year for me as i go down with my Brother and Dad, We’ve followed the NFL for over 20 years now from back in the early 80′s when TV coverage was once a week. We now get access to the Thursday games, Thanksgiving, A choice of games on Sunday’s and MNF. Some fans like myself stay up to all hours watching the games even though we have to work the day after.
    I’ve spoken to fans and made friends with some good people that have travelled over from the states to watch there teams and they are always suprised by the following and how much some of the UK fans know, i think most Americans must think we see it as a novelty. Hopefully Jacksonville will play over here one time and you can come see for yourself over a pint or two

  18. huskersrock1 says: Aug 13, 2012 3:22 PM

    They should be thrilled that anyone cared.

  19. electionconfidential says: Aug 13, 2012 3:23 PM

    If LA wants the Rams back then I hope they get their wish. They’ll just get the same treatment they got last time.

  20. tarantella70 says: Aug 13, 2012 3:28 PM

    “It’s funny because the game in London is a bigger deal in the States than GB. No one in London cares about American Football…and no one goes to the games…”

    I was at the Bears/Bucs game in London last year, that was not my experience at all. It started that morning in Liverpool, 330km from London. The first morning train–a full 10 hours before kickoff–was packed with people wearing jerseys of every NFL team imaginable. Once we got to London, we found plenty of English fans wanting to talk American football (and their fantasy leagues, etc.) Far, far more locals at the game than visiting Americans like us. The stadium was pretty damn full (at ticket prices higher than I ever paid in Chicago for games.)

    For the person who mentioned gambling–yes, their were betting kiosks on site, but they didn’t seem to be open for this game.

  21. buffbill99 says: Aug 13, 2012 3:29 PM

    This London thing should be scrapped all together for everyone.

  22. jonesjack says: Aug 13, 2012 3:32 PM

    “I am guessing London scrapped plans to allow the Rams to play there. The Rams just have a faster PR dept.”

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    Funny. Someone overseas probably saw the 38-3 beat down handed out by the Colts yesterday and got cold feet.

  23. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 13, 2012 3:54 PM

    Not even Rams wanna see the rams play, let alone folks in London, do u think the rams will regret not drafting RG3? Is Bradford really the answer or is it the weapons they supply him with are duds???

  24. billybatty says: Aug 13, 2012 4:35 PM

    If ANY team is going to go to LA it needs to be the Rams or the Raiders… Both have the history and Stadium issues to make it realistic… Only way this works is if ONE of those two teams go back…

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    Funny how it didn’t “work” the first time around.

  25. ihateravens says: Aug 13, 2012 5:04 PM

    I think England would be a better place if the Ravens played their games there.

    It would go along well with their excellent food choices and their amazing dental services.

  26. pastabelly says: Aug 13, 2012 5:16 PM

    It didn’t work the first time around because there was two teams. The city can support one team, especially if they build a nice stadium. It really doesn’t make a difference what team goes there. Roman Gabriel is not walking through that door.

  27. MichaelEdits says: Aug 13, 2012 5:19 PM

    In London they’re still celebrating.

  28. cuse6468 says: Aug 13, 2012 5:21 PM

    Playing in London, an excuse to divert the real problems of the NFL.
    Thia starts with Goodell, who should be fired, ASAP

  29. ramcountry says: Aug 13, 2012 5:27 PM

    So much for these overseas games”being good for the city of St. Louis”.

    I guess not even the Rams believed their own bull.

  30. insanelomein2 says: Aug 13, 2012 5:36 PM

    peytonsneck18 says:
    Aug 13, 2012 3:54 PM
    Not even Rams wanna see the rams play, let alone folks in London, do u think the rams will regret not drafting RG3? Is Bradford really the answer or is it the weapons they supply him with are duds???
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    I’d say Bradford is the dud.

  31. chiefsfan88 says: Aug 13, 2012 5:48 PM

    Ricky stanzi approves this message……… Merica

  32. NoHomeTeam says: Aug 13, 2012 6:54 PM

    cincinnasti says:
    If ANY team is going to go to LA it needs to be the Rams or the Raiders… Both have the history and Stadium issues to make it realistic… Only way this works is if ONE of those two teams go back…

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    billybatty says:
    Funny how it didn’t “work” the first time around.

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    Yeah, the Rams only lasted the better part of 5 decades in Southern California.

  33. docboss says: Aug 13, 2012 7:39 PM

    Bradford is not the “dud”. Jason Smith is the biggest “bust” in the past 10 years. 33 million for turnstile. If you watched the game, Bradford had no chance. Not even Usain Bolt can separate in the time Bradford has to set and throw. STL Rams fans (a few of thousand at most) are already viewing 2013 draft sites. Snead is already putting together a package for the first pick or Bradford. Rams want those two home games back because they now have some value…in LA. Make the deal Stan. Buy out the lease and go!

  34. drew1969 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:57 PM

    Just watched an interview w/the Rams president.He said they were close to a settlement on the stadium upgrade/lease situation.He said putting those games back in st.louis is a sign that we are fully commited to our fans here.I hope so and Bradford is a stud!

  35. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Aug 13, 2012 8:03 PM

    The only way for the NFL to be successful
    in the UK is to have the Spice Girls sing
    the national anthem!

  36. patriotsdefense says: Aug 13, 2012 8:11 PM

    London = Patriots East

    The New England Patriots own Ole’ England.

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