NFL files emergency appeal to move Rams relocation lawsuit out of St. Louis

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The NFL wants to move the trial regarding the relocation of the Rams out of St. Louis almost as badly as the NFL wanted to move the Rams out of St. Louis.

Via ConductDetrimental.com, the NFL has filed an emergency appeal of the trial judge’s recent decision to not move the trial to a different county in Missouri, where the jurors would not be residents of St. Louis. The basic argument is that the NFL can’t get a fair trial in St. Louis.

Frankly, the belated effort to change the venue for the lawsuit seems to be an attack less on the jury pool and more on the judge. With the NFL apparently unwilling to file a motion to disqualify the judge (“when you come at the king, you best not miss”), the next best thing would be to find a different jury pool, one with citizens that would be less inclined to react to the messages, subtle or otherwise, that could emanate from the things the judge says and does in their presence. (And if you don’t think that’s a real concern when trying a case, you’re either not a lawyer — or not a very good one.)

The notion that jurors automatically will have a bias against the NFL grossly overstates the extent to which local citizens care about pro football. Hard as it may be for the average pro football fan to digest this, most don’t care. That’s why most efforts to publicly fund football stadiums hinge on an end run around the ballot box.

In the end, it’s just another effort by the NFL to avoid its reckoning. It also would be naive not to think that the effort is aimed at giving the lawyers a built-in excuse if/when they get their asses kicked in open court.

That’s how it always works. When big-money interests that are used to getting their way without scrutiny or consequence suddenly encounter both, the explanation can’t be that their lawyers weren’t good enough. Instead, the lawyers will cite corruption and/or incompetence by the judge and the jury as the main reason for their failure. What better way to set that up than by whining about corruption and/or incompetence before the trial even starts?

6 responses to “NFL files emergency appeal to move Rams relocation lawsuit out of St. Louis

  1. This is just another worthless lawsuit brought on only by greed. Nobody at that law firm cares a bit about St. Louis, it’s simply money. Just like the lawyers who filed for CTE, like they really care, that was greed. If I’m the NFL I never give one red cent, ever. If they lose and forced to pay, appeal it til the end of time.

  2. I’m just a regular rube and don’t know much about the legal process but it really feels like the NFL is really scared about this one. Unlike pretty much every other time they are in court. I bet they open up the checkbook before it gets to that point.

  3. Kroenke and the NFL will appeal it til the end of time. But during that time maybe it will stop teams like the Bills, Bears, WFT, Panthers won’t move and will find a way to pay for their own stadiums instead of extorting taxpayers.

  4. It likely would not go the NFLs way with St Louis being judge, jury and executioner.

    Honestly I dont even know what St Louis is suing for other than a money grab of course. Can other cities sue other business’s that relocated their business from their city?

  5. Personally don’t care about whatever St. Louis gets out of this. Is the real story the impact this could have on future teams leaving their hometowns?

  6. bugbearcaptain says:
    October 4, 2021 at 1:40 pm
    It likely would not go the NFLs way with St Louis being judge, jury and executioner.

    Honestly I dont even know what St Louis is suing for other than a money grab of course. Can other cities sue other business’s that relocated their business from their city?

    The is suing because St. Louis was told that if we followed the guidelines and offered a legitimate plan, the NFL would everything it could to keep the Rams here. St. Louis was the only city to actually have a plan and stadium proposal out of Oakland and San Diego, and yet none of that mattered in the end. To add insult to injury, the Rams slandered St. Louis on their way out of town, saying this was not a viable area for football. The metro area has about 3 million people here, and we support teams when they are giving and effort to be competitive. The Cardinals and Blues have great fan support here. The Rams purposely tanked the last 5 years to get out of St. Louis.

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