Unless the powers-that-be in St. Louis pony up the cash to renovate the Edward Jones Dome, the Rams can leave town after the 2014 season.
And so the powers-that-be have enlisted the firm of Goldman Sachs to help keep the Rams in town. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Goldman Sachs will be paid $20,000 per month, and up to $5,000 more for expense reimbursement, to help figure out a way to get the Rams to stay.
The move comes at a time when more and more folks around the league think that the Rams could indeed leave St. Louis, perhaps returning to Los Angeles. One league insider recently opined that there’s a strong chance of this happening, pointing out that Rams COO Kevin Demoff and his father, agent Marvin Demoff, have “strong Los Angeles connections,” that coach Jeff Fisher is a West Coast guy, and that St. Louis native Stan Kroenke would have no concerns about being an absentee owner.
Regardless of how it turns out, the decision to plunk down up to $25,000 per month to figure out how to keep the Rams in town suggests that there’s a very real level of concern that the franchise will exercise its looming prerogative to pack up and leave.