Rams to get more than $2 million from St. Louis CVC for stadium arbitration fees

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The agreement that lured the Rams from Los Angeles to St. Louis in 1995 includes a provision that guarantees the Rams a first-tier NFL stadium by 2015.  The procedure for getting there includes an arbitration process, which the Rams won earlier this year.

There’s another term of the agreement that now will benefit the Rams.  The party that prevails in the arbitration is entitled to reimbursement for attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses.

According to the St. Louis Business Journal, the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission owes the Rams $2.01 million, with $1.85 million coming from attorneys fees and $159,150 attributed to costs.

The Rams had asked for $3.42 million, and the CVC had argued that the expenses should not exceed $787,398.

Typically, parties to litigation bear their own legal expenses.  In this case, with the parties expressly agreeing that the loser in arbitration will pay the winner’s fees, the Rams have won on both counts.

The bigger victory, of course, comes from the fact that, if the CVC doesn’t provide the upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome that the arbitrators have determined to be appropriate and necessary, the Rams will be able to leave the venue after the 2014 season.

12 responses to “Rams to get more than $2 million from St. Louis CVC for stadium arbitration fees

  1. I know some people around here who’d be happy to welcome them back to Los Angeles. Or will they be the Los Angeles Rams of Irvine?

  2. Go back to L.A., and send the Cardinals back to St. Louis. And while you’re at it, whoever you are, have Irsay give or sell the Colts (nickname) back to Baltimore. And, since we’re on a roll, dump the Redskins name already, and, finally, replace the “NY” on the Giants helmets with “NJ”!

  3. Folks, why would ANYBODY want to litigate against John Shaw, whose still very much tied to the St. Louis Rams and a attorney himself.

    Hell, he saved Georgia Frontiere after the mysterious “Drowning” of former husband/team owner Chip Rosenbloom.

  4. The Rams seem to be really using that First Tier clause against St Louis right now. Every other stadium issue got resolved relatively fast compared to this situation. Even Miami’s situation moved quickly. The Rams just won’t come out and say they are leaving after 2014. That’s just bad business. It really seems to line up for the Rams to return to Los Angeles as early as 2015 playing in the Rose Bowl temporarily while Farmers Field is built. They are in the NFC West remember?

  5. I think St. Louis has a pretty decent fanbase and they’ve done nothing to deserve the loss of a 2nd franchise. I believe that the city/state cave in and build a new stadium for the Rams.

    The ideal situation for the NFL would be to wait until Ralph Wilson passes away, then relocate the Bills to Los Angeles.

    The Bills (re-named, of course) would be switched to the NFC West, the Colts would be placed back into the AFC East with Miami, New England, and the Jets, and the Rams would be placed in the AFC South.

    Win-Win for everyone except Bills fans.

  6. If the Rams attorneys who won the arbitration case are the same attorneys who drafted he original arbitration agreement, they now have won two in a row.

    However, $3.4M sounds like a lot self important ego stroking.

  7. $2 million for arbitration? I thought that was supposed to be cheaper than court! This partnership isn’t going to end well.

  8. the Rams want out of St. Louis so bad they can taste it. There is simply no way this level of litigation and bad blood that already exists amounts to a new $800 million facility. Don’t know for sure if the Rams are going back to L.A. or not, but they clearly don’t want to be in St. Louis anymore. Given their awful attendance and revenue numbers there I can’t say I blame them. The Rams belong in L.A. anyway.

  9. The big problem I see is that people like Jerry jones want to build ridiculous stadiums that aren’t necessary and now to get into the top % the city has to match it

  10. Leave it to thermalito to comment on any article that has anything to do with the rams and possibly leaving St.Louis.BTW there is no “bad blood”between the rams and the city.But if wishful thinking is what gets you thru the day,have at it.

  11. “the Rams want out of St. Louis so bad they can taste it. There is simply no way this level of litigation and bad blood that already exists amounts to a new $800 million facility. Don’t know for sure if the Rams are going back to L.A. or not, but they clearly don’t want to be in St. Louis anymore. Given their awful attendance and revenue numbers there I can’t say I blame them. The Rams belong in L.A. anyway.”

    Unless you’re really E Stanley Kroenke this is nothing more then projection.

    There’s no evidence of any bad blood both sides went through a process dictated by the lease they both agreed to.

    But your comments on attendance do indicate you’re pretty clueless on the topic. Rams attendance not worse then any other team thats won 20 games in 7 years.

    I’m not saying Kroenke doesnt want to move but he’s holding his cards tight.

  12. I remember like it was yesterday when the Rams and Raiders left Los Angeles and it stung hard.
    The Raiders really belonged to oak and did the right thing but the the Rams had 49 years in LA. They should go back if any team does. I would say Cleveland is their original home(which it was) but they didn’t join the NFL until they moved to Los Angeles and spent most their days there.

    I must say though it really is tough when any fan looses a franchise it can rip a city and I feel for any fan that looses a team. I know how it feels and wish it upon no one.

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