St. Louis is one of the best sports towns in America. It gets a lot of credit for the Cardinals, but the fans in football are just as passionate. It would be a real shame to have only two professional sports teams in St. Louis. There is even a Facebook group with 30,000 members to keep the Rams in St. Louis.
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Plans for a new stadium
The city of St. Louis already has detailed plans for a brand-new outdoor riverfront stadium. One of the main factors in relocating the Rams is the current stadium is out of date. But the plans are already in place for a new state-of-the-art facility.
The team can remain competitive in St. Louis
St. Louis has enough corporate support to make the Rams a winner for years to come. Half of the NFL teams play in cities with fewer Fortune 1000 companies than St. Louis has. A main argument for relocation is that the Rams don’t have the business support in St. Louis, but that is simply not true. 13 teams play in city with a smaller economy than St. Louis.
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If you move a franchise to a new city without league approval, the implications are enormous. Not only are there relocation fees, but also the league could fine Kroenke $500,000 a day for every day he is there. This has happened before when the Seahawks moved to Anaheim for a week in 1996. As rich as Kroenke is, that could dip into his fortune very quickly.
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NFL is on the Rams’ side
In many relocation cases, the league is all for the moving of a franchise. But in this case, the NFL will actually ‘sweeten the pot’ to keep the Rams in St. Louis. The NFL knows it makes more sense for the two California franchises to stay in California and share a stadium in L.A. The NFL will also help to get a deal on a new stadium in St. Louis. If the NFL is willing to help, seems like a good reason to stay put.