Saturday, January 28, 2012

London? You can't play in London!

The Associated Press reports a dispute has erupted between the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission and the St. Louis Rams.
The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission says the Rams' plans to play one home game in London the next three years violates the team's stadium lease.
The CVC said in a release Friday that the lease requires the team to play all its home games at the Edward Jones Dome, and was awaiting a response from the team.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch adds that the CVC knows there is a positive associated with the Rams playing three London-based games
The commission acknowledged that the Rams playing overseas would "elevate an awareness of St. Louis on the global stage." But it added, "Our lease with the Rams requires that the Rams play all their home games in the Edward Jones Dome."
CVC President Kathleen "Kitty" Ratcliffe was unavailable for comment today. A commission spokeswoman, Donna Andrews, said she couldn't offer any additional details.
A section of the the Rams' lease at the Dome calls for the team "to play all its home NFL Games (other than pre-season NFL Games) at the Facilities." The Rams can disregard this rule if the Dome is not in useable condition or if the lease is terminated, according to that section of the lease.
Here's a guess -- the CVC and the team will reach some kind of deal that allows them to share whatever income results from the games in London.

And remember that the team's lease with the city runs out in 2014.

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