Silent Stan is giving St. Louis the silent treatment.
With Rams owner Stan Kroenke announcing plans to build a football stadium in Los Angeles, the powers-that-be in St. Louis still intend to propose a new building that would keep the Rams in Missouri. But the powers-that-be in St. Louis allege the Rams won’t communicate.
Via ESPN.com, the city will now work directly with the NFL because the Rams won’t return their calls.
“[Kroenke] hasn’t responded, he hasn’t called back, he hasn’t done anything,” said Maggie Crane, a spokesperson for St. Louis mayor Francis Slay.
“After a while, you sort of get the hint,” Jeff Rainford, Slay’s chief of staff, added. (Keeping with the whole “no talking” trend, a Rams spokesman declined comment.)
If the Rams leave (like the Cardinals did before the Rams), St. Louis hopes to attract another team.
“The NFL can make money in St. Louis,” Rainford said. “It may end up being the Rams with this owner, the Rams with a different owner, a different team with a different owner.”
That attitude makes it hard to feel badly for St. Louis, which has twice lured NFL franchises from other cities. With St. Louis and Missouri previously doing enough to get the Rams to ditch L.A. in 1995 but not enough to keep the Rams around, St. Louis and Missouri know how to play the game.
As of right now, they’re losing.
But they won’t lose until the Rams move. If St. Louis is persistent and, ultimately, competitive with a proposal for a new building, it could become harder for Kroenke to get approval to move. Still, some believe he’ll move without league approval.
It all becomes easier for Kroenke and the Rams if St. Louis simply gives up on keeping the team in town. That seems to be exactly what Kroenke hopes to do.