St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke is working hard to keep the NFL team in the city despite an increasing number of reports indicating that he wants to move the team to Los Angeles.
The Rams, Oakland Raiders, and San Diego Chargers are the three teams pegged for the possible move. Only one or two of the teams would move to L.A.
Kroenke stoked speculation early this year when he bought 60 acres of land in Inglewood, California.
And some journalists have been saying, citing sources, that he intends to move the team there. One of the hosts of 101 ESPN, for instance, said that “”There’s a strong belief, people that are in–that I believe are in the know–multiple people, have told me that the decision has already been made and that the team is moving.”
But now a new report says that the Rams could very well stay in St. Louis.
St. Louis Today says that conversations with “influential sources” tell a different story from the ones coming out of Los Angeles.
“While Kroenke might be reclusive publicly, he has not been a recluse with the men trying to put together a deal in St. Louis. Rams officials and local negotiators have had a constant dialogue all along, the sources say,” it reported.
“The silence from local negotiators does not mean they haven’t been working feverishly to put a deal together. According to these sources, that silence could be broken with the completion of next month’s midterm elections. What local negotiators have been working on, and could be prepared to publicly discuss within the next month or so, is a proposal for an open-air stadium along the St. Louis riverfront between the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge and the Lumiere Place Casino and Hotels.”
The report admits that “no one is naïve enough to rule out that Kroenke could have his eyes on relocating to Los Angeles” but that “there are so many hurdles that still need to be removed to make sense of the idea of Kroenke moving the Rams.”
One of those hurdles is a vote by NFL owners that would require a 75 percent majority. The Chargers intend to try to block any move by the Rams, Chargers, or any other team through putting pressure on some other owners.