Missouri State Court Sides Against NFL in Move Petition from St. Louis Rams

On April 3, 2018, a Missouri Supreme Court Judge denied the NFL’s motion to dismiss in its lawsuit against the City of St. Louis, County of St. Louis, and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority (SCA), which operates the St. Louis Rams former stadium. The NFL attempted to argue that the Missouri state court did not have the jurisdictional authority to hear the case where The Rams Football Company, LLC, the NFL, and every NFL owner, 89 separate entities in total, were…
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St. Louis Soccer Stadium Proposal Stays Alive but Faces Uphill Battle to Make Ballot

After it looked like the St. Louis soccer stadium proposal for an MLS franchise was dead, a last-ditch effort has revived the proposed legislation. On January 26, 2017, the MLS bill was voted down by the Aldermanic Ways and Means Committee 6-2. After the vote, the parties quickly negotiated to amend the bill and bout an hour later, the parties presented the amended bill. The new proposal was slightly different: The main change included an amount of $12.5-$17 million dollars in projected revenue be…
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The Road for MLS Expansion in St. Louis Takes a Wild Turn

On November 17, 2016, an ownership group known as SC STL revealed an official plan to build a 20,000 seat stadium to lure an expansion MLS franchise to St. Louis. The proposed $200 million stadium would be built west of Union Station and have the capability to expand to 28,000 seats if demand dictated. Per SC STL’s plan, private investors would pay at least 60 percent of the stadium costs. The remaining 40 percent, or around $80 million, would be funded with public money subject…
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Reggie Bush’s Stadium Slip Suit Will Go Back to State Court

On June 3, 2016, a Missouri federal court judge ordered that Reggie Bush’s stadium slip lawsuit be sent back to state court, finding that Bush’s premises liability claims do not bring forth a federal question. Reggie Bush, former Heisman Trophy recipient and running back for the San Francisco 49ers, sued the city of St. Louis, which owns Edward Jones Dome. In the fall of 2015, Bush was playing a game in the Edward Jones Dome, when another player pushed him off the field. The push…
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Upset Rams Fans Sue Team Over Move to LA

Just one day after the NFL met and approved the relocation of the St. Louis Rams to Inglewood, California, four fans brought a proposed class action against Rams owner, Stan Kroenke, and Rams Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Demoff, alleging that the two made misleading statements that caused fans to continue to spend money on team apparel and tickets believing that the team was staying in St. Louis. On January 12, 2015, NFL owners met in Houston and approved a plan to move the St. Louis…
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St. Louis City Court Rules: No Public Vote Required for St. Louis Stadium Plan Funding

The future of the NFL in St. Louis is a story we’ve covered before. Now, as Stan Kroenke’s Los Angeles Stadium development begins to take flight, the proponents of the St. Louis Stadium plan received some positive news. On August 3, 2015, St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Thomas Frawley ruled; City ordinance 66509, codified as Chapter 3.91 of the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis requiring a public vote to use public money for a stadium is too vague and thus.…
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