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Rams say fix to contract issue has been negotiated with agents

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The concerns expressed by the NFL Players Association regarding contracts tendered by the Rams apparently have been resolved.

Rams executive V.P. of football operations and COO Kevin Demoff tells PFT that new language has been crafted to address the NFLPA’s objection to the presence of a Missouri choice of law and forum provision, even though the Rams are moving to California.

“The team’s legal move to California coincides with the start of the offseason program on April 18,” Demoff said via email. “As such, all contracts are still subject to Missouri law at time of signing. We were able to work with agents on a simple fix saying the contracts will transfer to California law once the team move is official.

“This really shouldn’t have been an issue given that all involved also believe that all of the contracts signed in previous years transfer to California as well. If that position was assumed by both the team and the agents, then it only logically follows that any contracts signed this offseason would transfer as well.”

This blended approach potentially allows payments made to players before April 18 to be processed in Missouri, which gives players state income tax savings, as Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News suggested after the union’s concerns about the contractual provisions first emerged on Saturday.

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24 Responses to “Rams say fix to contract issue has been negotiated with agents”
  1. wawa33 says: Mar 13, 2016 7:32 PM

    Anyone who trusts Enos Stanley Kroenke derserves what they get.

  2. mongo3401 says: Mar 13, 2016 7:43 PM

    As I said and was deleted. It does not matter what a contract says. When the first paycheck is drawn it’s subject to Csli taxes.

  3. atthemurph says: Mar 13, 2016 7:44 PM

    Pay your fair share!

  4. tonebones says: Mar 13, 2016 7:44 PM

    Wow! Look at the benefits California has to offer. Should be good for the Rams ability to attract free agents.

  5. kickinpuppies says: Mar 13, 2016 8:17 PM

    You cant really blame them… workers comp in CA is a total mess. Many carriers wont even do business in the state and those that do use tiered pricing to account for the additional litigation costs.

  6. dryzzt23 says: Mar 13, 2016 8:39 PM

    No, the players get what they’ve already negotiated. The players have tons of protections whereas the team itself has NONE.

    Screw the players. They are greedy, narcissistic, and many have criminal tendencies.

  7. hahalolrofl says: Mar 13, 2016 8:59 PM

    Players and owners, let them stew in their own greed and criminality.

  8. sopadegato says: Mar 13, 2016 9:03 PM

    They’re just saying that now that they got caught.

  9. al441j says: Mar 13, 2016 9:16 PM

    “mongo3401 says:
    Mar 13, 2016 7:43 PM
    As I said and was deleted. It does not matter what a contract says. When the first paycheck is drawn it’s subject to Csli taxes.”

    Your correct as far as the players salary that is paid after the Rams move, it’s the signing bonuses and other one time payments that are being paid while the team that is still in St. Louis that is exempt from Cali income tax.

  10. doggeatdogg says: Mar 13, 2016 9:26 PM

    I think all the contracts have to be revisited since you can’t peace meal aspects of it to see what is or not part of what state. For example, all contracts should be subject to CA law at the time of official move. There should be no CA taxation on salaries or bonuses retroactive to that date. Can they do an addendum to all the contracts to reflect a general understanding and that both the league and the NFLPA both agree. This is not hard nor should it be adversarial.

  11. realtruthteller100 says: Mar 13, 2016 9:58 PM

    i stand with the rams. these players today are just a bunch of coddled ME-llenials. they hsould be happy their getting anything.

  12. waxthat says: Mar 13, 2016 10:28 PM

    Rams are shams!

  13. bubbaogilvy says: Mar 13, 2016 10:28 PM

    Logic and law don’t exactly go hand-in-hand now, do they?

  14. kd75 says: Mar 13, 2016 10:30 PM

    Um…Every NFL player pays state income tax in every state they play a game during any given season.

  15. celticsforever says: Mar 13, 2016 10:48 PM

    Jeff Fisher says that it’s only a difference of about 7-9 (%). …. which in his books is a sign of excellence.

  16. hrmlss says: Mar 13, 2016 10:48 PM

    I’m sure California will go for sucking all the money they can from NFL players so they can fund welfare for illegal immigrants.

  17. jag1959 says: Mar 13, 2016 11:05 PM

    dryzzt23 says:
    Mar 13, 2016 8:39 PM
    No, the players get what they’ve already negotiated. The players have tons of protections whereas the team itself has NONE.

    Screw the players. They are greedy, narcissistic, and many have criminal tendencies.
    ____________________

    Roger? Is that you?

  18. lscratchingthesurface says: Mar 13, 2016 11:41 PM

    I don’t care about April 18th. They shouldn’t be meeting with players at this point. Mo has zero responsibility for ANYTHING concerning Rams at this point. Good riddance!

  19. getakluwe says: Mar 14, 2016 12:27 AM

    Kroenke and his heiress wife have made their fortunes on the backs of hard working folks like you and me and they’ve done their best to screw them every step of the way.

    This was no “oversight”. Just like everything regarding these billionaires and the elephant party that caters to their whims, it’s a feature, not a bug.

  20. streetyson says: Mar 14, 2016 9:36 AM

    “It’s all been fixed now guys, no need to re-read it, just sign, quickly now”.
    – Enos Kroenke

  21. dontouchmyjunk says: Mar 14, 2016 9:51 AM

    Quit your whining, Missourians. You stole our team of 50 years when the Black Widow Georgia Frontiere took our team to your city. Now they’re back home where they always belonged. Justice!

  22. bocabob12 says: Mar 14, 2016 10:33 AM

    “If that position was assumed by both the team and the agents, then it only logically follows that any contracts signed this off season would transfer as well.”

    Hmmmm…. assumption gets you no where in law.

  23. daramsman says: Mar 14, 2016 10:54 AM

    Jeff Fisher says that it’s only a difference of about 7-9 (%). …. which in his books is a sign of excellence.
    —————————————————————
    7-9% is alot of money! Most players on NFL teams aren’t in the top 10% of payment. Those middle to low contracts, which makes up the majority of a roster, will be crying over their pay checks in LA LA LA land. That million dollar home they had in st. Louis will translate to half million dollar home in LA. Add the significant rise in the cost of living and you have to ask yourself as a FA…Is really worth playing in LA?

  24. craigbhill says: Mar 14, 2016 11:52 AM

    Getting out of MO is so good, it’s ‘a total mess’. St Losers are
    ‘greedy, narcissistic, and many have criminal tendencies’. Not to mention classless.

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