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SBD/February 6, 2012/Franchises
Rams Finalizing Agreement Allowing Team To Play Games In London
Published February 6, 2012
LOOKING BEYOND LONDON: The POST-DISPATCH's Thomas noted St. Louis officials looking for “strong words of encouragement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the stadium lease situation didn't get them Friday." Goodell stated that the NFL “didn't want the Rams to leave St. Louis,” but also took a “relatively hard line on the ‘first-tier’ requirements in the Edward Jones Dome stadium lease.” He said, “There are lease issues ... as you know, that were articulated very clearly in the lease. Both parties are engaging in that, and their having that dialogue will allow that process to play out. And at that point in time we'll be more clear about what the issues are and what we need to do to resolve them." The CVC on Wednesday "submitted a preliminary plan for meeting first-tier requirements." Under the proposal, the CVC "would pay for 48 percent of the improvements, with the Rams" contributing 52%. The team has "until March 1 to accept or reject the offer." Sources said that the Rams are "expected to reject the offer because they will contend that $124 million isn't nearly enough to meet first-tier requirements, and that the lease terms require the CVC to pay for all first-tier renovations" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 2/4).