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Arbitrators take up issue of Rams’ stadium renovations

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Before the Rams could ever walk away from their lease in St. Louis, the Convention and Visitors Commission would have to refuse to make the improvements required to put the Edward Jones Dome in the top 25 percent of all stadiums.

And before the CVC can refuse to make the improvements, a panel of three neutral arbitrators must decide what those improvements are.

That process finally began today, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  And the three arbitrators specifically will be charged with selecting the team’s proposal, the CVC’s proposal, or coming up with some other plan for providing the kind of upgrade that the Rams were promised when they moved from Los Angeles in 1995.

But even if a deal can’t be reached to improve the Edward Jones Dome, the Rams could still remain in St. Louis.  Per the Dispatch, the Rams want to stay in the area, even if they don’t believe in the long-term viability of their current home.

And so the end result could be the Rams leaving the Edward Jones Dome not to go to Los Angeles or anywhere else, but to move into a new venue in or around St. Louis.

Regardless of how it turns out, the deal the Rams got to move to Missouri makes a significant promise about the quality of their stadium, and the CVC soon will have to decide whether to honor that vow or to give the Rams the year-to-year ability to not continue playing in the Edward Jones Domes.

Until it all gets resolved, there’s good reason for Rams fans in St. Louis to be nervous.  And there’s good reason for Rams fans in Los Angeles (specifically, the guys who used to wear watermelons on their heads) to be hopeful.

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15 Responses to “Arbitrators take up issue of Rams’ stadium renovations”
  1. pillaging4fun says: Jan 14, 2013 5:23 PM

    LA Rams or bust.

  2. pillaging4fun says: Jan 14, 2013 5:24 PM

    And LA Raiders

  3. FinFan68 says: Jan 14, 2013 5:37 PM

    Top 25% of what? Seating capacity? Amenities? Luxury boxes? Parking spaces? Revenue? Street appeal? Safety issues? Bathroom facilities? Concession stands? Seems like a pretty vague requirement.

  4. jrbdmb says: Jan 14, 2013 5:38 PM

    So now the expected lifetime of an NFL stadium (before the current occupants demand a new / massively upgraded facility or bolt) is about 15 years.

    When exactly are cities going to quit putting up with this nonsense and just say “fine, leave?”

  5. larams4lyfe says: Jan 14, 2013 5:41 PM

    Its such a crime/cruel joke that the L.A. Rams were ever moved to St Louis. Now Geogia’s pushing up daisies and L.A. is gonna get it’s Rams back. Jack Youngblood 4 Life! Deacon Jones 4 Life! Jackie Slater 4 Life……L>A>RAMS COMING HOME!!!!!!

  6. samtheram says: Jan 14, 2013 5:53 PM

    larams4lyfe says:
    Jan 14, 2013 5:41 PM
    Its such a crime/cruel joke that the L.A. Rams were ever moved to St Louis. Now Geogia’s pushing up daisies and L.A. is gonna get it’s Rams back. Jack Youngblood 4 Life! Deacon Jones 4 Life! Jackie Slater 4 Life……L>A>RAMS COMING HOME!!!!!!

    You’ll be saying the same thing in 15 years, la la land says it all.

  7. larams4lyfe says: Jan 14, 2013 5:56 PM

    I wonder what St louis will be saying…My guess is Go Jaguars!

  8. samtheram says: Jan 14, 2013 6:05 PM

    Your delusional to think they would move the Ram’s to LA and then move the Jags to St Louis. Think expansion team and possibly a team that can’t sell tickets, 2 teams are a reach for somewhere that couldn’t support one.

  9. pooinyourface says: Jan 14, 2013 7:35 PM

    Airheads in LA dont deserve a football team. All it would do is bring new uniform colors for the chino gangbangers to wear.

  10. simon94022 says: Jan 14, 2013 8:10 PM

    The Rams are LA’s team, and never should have been allowed to move.

  11. middy8484 says: Jan 14, 2013 10:45 PM

    Your delusional to think they would move the Ram’s to LA and then move the Jags to St Louis. Think expansion team and possibly a team that can’t sell tickets, 2 teams are a reach for somewhere that couldn’t support one.
    You will see, come 2014 Samtheram will be Samthejag
    Get used to it. The Rams are coming back home where they belong !!!!

  12. bobnelsonjr says: Jan 15, 2013 1:53 AM

    I think many would like to see much of East St Louis bulldozed and demolished to make room for stadium parking.

    Two states share the cost of urban renewal/crime prevention/stadium project.

    The two states can share revenue (and National Guard expenses on game day).

  13. thermalito says: Jan 15, 2013 2:54 AM

    Why would the Rams want to remain in the St. Louis area? They finished this season once again ranked 30th in attendance and 31st in revenue. Fan support in St. Louis is lukewarm at best and the city is broke. Unless Stan Kroenke is happy forever being near the bottom of the league in both attendance and revenue I can’t imagine they will remain in St. Louis. The team would be better off playing in the LA Coliseum RIGHT NOW considering LA is a much bigger market.

    And why would the Jaguars move from one failed market to another? The Jags draw better in Jacksonville than the Rams do in St. Louis despite the fact they’re a worse team.

  14. drew1969 says: Jan 15, 2013 6:23 PM

    The Los Angeles Chargers of Anaheim.

  15. drew1969 says: Jan 15, 2013 6:31 PM

    The Rams are not moving out of St.Louis.This arbitration issue is only to decide which party(the rams or the cvc)is going to pay for upgrades to the dome.I suggest that people responding to this article,google Brian Burwell interview with Kevin Demhoff.

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