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RAMS MOVE TO ST. LOUIS CLOSE TO COMPLETE
Published December 12, 1994
Speculation continues to grow that the Rams move to St. Louis is nearly a done deal. Rams President John Shaw, in Tampa for the Bucs-Rams game, told reporters "the bulk of the work is done, but we are still negotiating. I'm optimistic that we will get it done." When asked what was holding up the sale, Shaw said, "Ask FANS, Inc." (Jim Thomas, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 12/12). People familiar with the negotiations said "momentum is clearly on St. Louis' side," and that the talks have "gotten down to the nitty gritty" (Jon Morgan, Baltimore SUN, 12/10). FANS Inc. spokesperson Tom Eagleton told the WASHINGTON POST that he was "very optimistic. I think we are going to get it done" (Leonard Shapiro, WASHINGTON POST, 12/10). NO FREE LUNCH: Shaw did say that in St. Louis, the team would have to pay up to $2.5M per season in taxes. He said they currently pay no taxes in Anaheim. If the team decides not to go to St. Louis, they could "stay in Anaheim for one more season and tough it out" as Orange County and the NFL work to develop a new stadium, according to Bernie Miklasz of the ST. LOUIS POST- DISPATCH. That would give some new candidates a chance to enter the bidding for the team (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 12/11).