Kroenke, NFL appeal St. Louis lawsuit case to Supreme Court

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              FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2016, file photo, championship banners are removed from the Edward Jones Dome, former home of the St. Louis Rams football team, in St. Louis. The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that a lawsuit filed over the Rams' departure from St. Louis will be heard in a St. Louis courtroom, a defeat for the NFL team's owner who sought to send the case to arbitration. The court issued its ruling Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, in a lawsuit filed by St. Louis city and county and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority, which owns the domed stadium where the Rams formerly played.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The NFL, Los Angeles Rams and team owner Stan Kroenke are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider why a lawsuit over the team’s departure from St. Louis should be settled in arbitration, not open court.

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the case should be heard in a St. Louis courtroom. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Kroenke, the Rams and the league filed an appeal Wednesday.

Kroenke’s lawyers say that the Missouri Supreme Court ruling will cause “irreparable harm” to the Rams by denying the team’s right to have the case resolved in arbitration.

The Rams moved to Los Angeles in 2016, prompting a suit by St. Louis city and county and the operator of the domed downtown stadium where the Rams formerly played.