NFL to settle lawsuit over Los Angeles Rams’ relocation

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The NFL has agreed to settle a lawsuit with the city and county of St. Louis over the Rams’ relocation to Los Angeles in 2016. A league spokesperson confirmed to Nerdshala on Wednesday.

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Running news: The league will pay $790 million, St. Louis m. According toAyor Tishora Jones, to end the four-year dispute. Rams owner Stan Kroenke is expected to reimburse the NFL “for most or all of the settlement.” New York Times report,

big picture: St. Louis, St. Louis County and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority sued the league in 2017, alleging that the NFL broke its own relocation guidelines to allow the Rams to relocate to Los Angeles. Can you

  • The suit also claimed that the league misled the public on its plans to leave the city and spend millions in revenue to the city.

Flashback: The Rams, one of three teams that applied to relocate to Los Angeles in 2016, said it was doing so because it was unable to garner adequate public support To build a new stadium.

  • In 2014, the then Govt. Jay Nixon appointed a task force, According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which eventually spent $18 million to design and plan a new stadium that would retain the Rams in the city.
  • But the league disregarded those efforts without explanation, and team owners voted to allow the Rams to move to California, Times wroteReferring to the complaint.

Between the lines: A public trial, which was due to begin in January, would involve not only Kroenke and the NFL, but other team owners who voted to allow the Rams to move.

  • at least 24 owners had to vote in favor About the steps to take this forward. The owners eventually voted 30–2 in favor of relocating the Rams.
  • With the settlement, owners will not have to testify about how the league decides whether a team can transfer or turn over financial documents and phone records.
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What are they saying: Jones Describing Wednesday’s agreement as historic, it appreciated it.

  • “This historic settlement closes a long chapter and holds Kroenke and the NFL accountable for leaving our field, securing hundreds of millions of dollars for our communities while avoiding the uncertainty of the trial and appellate process,” Jones he said.
  • He said the three parties would work to decide how to allocate settlement funds.


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