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SBD/July 8, 2013/Facilities
Rams' Latest Proposal For $700M Edward Jones Dome Renovation Plan Rejected
Published July 8, 2013
LITTLE LEVERAGE FOR RAMS: In St. Louis, Bernie Miklasz wrote of renovation negotations, "The Rams have little or no real leverage." There is "no credible, NFL-approved stadium plan in Los Angeles." Kroenke will "have to make a deal here." Miklasz: "I believe that will happen." There "needs to be a long-term stadium plan for St. Louis." Kroenke, Nixon and the NFL will "eventually hammer out an agreement," but "nothing substantive will occur until Kroenke conveys a sincere desire to participate in the project" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 7/7). The CVC in February said that it was "unlikely to implement the Rams' plan." The AP noted the CVC's decision came "after arbitrators ruled in favor of the Rams' plan over a much more modest CVC proposal" (AP, 7/5). Jeff Rainford, Chief of Staff for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, said, "Everybody’s on the same page. It was a no-brainer. There was nobody in St. Louis who thought that the Rams proposal was a good idea, other than the Rams." In Denver, Mike Klis asked what will Kroenke "do now?" Klis wrote when the St. Louis stadium upgrade process "began in earnest two years ago," he "thought [for] sure Kroenke was covertly planning to move the franchise back to Los Angeles." Are Kroenke and AEG Chair Philip Anschutz "talking?" (DENVERPOST.com, 7/5).