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Missouri Attorney General To Release Docs With Rams' Proposed Upgrades To Dome

Released documents will show how serious Rams are about staying in St. Louis
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster yesterday said that he “intends to publicly release documents next week related” to the Rams’ plans to renovate the Edward Jones Dome, according to Matthew Hathaway of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. Those plans “have been at the center of a legal dispute" between the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Center and the Post-Dispatch. CVC President Kathleen Ratcliffe said that the commission has “no immediate plans to challenge the state’s release of the documents.” The CVC maintains that -- as a party to the Rams’ lease -- it "legally is forbidden from making public any documents considered by the Rams to be confidential” (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 5/8). ESPN.com’s Mike Sando wrote the May 14 release of documents is “great news for Rams fans,” as it means they will “soon discover how serious both sides have been about keeping the Rams in St. Louis.” If remaining in the city is “a top priority for the Rams, proposals made by the team will show owner Stan Kroenke pursuing reasonable upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome." Sando wrote, "Ideally, these upgrades would focus at least as much on upgrading the fan experience as upgrading Kroenke’s profit margin." If the Rams are "more interested in leveraging their position, the proposals will show the team making more extravagant demands centering around luxury suites and other revenue-generating initiatives.” Sando noted of primary interest is “what extent each side’s proposals shift the financial burden onto others” (ESPN.com, 5/7).
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