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St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commision tells St. Louis Rams they're legally obligated to stay home

10:30 PM, Jan 27, 2012   |    comments
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By Casey Nolen

St. Louis (KSDK) - The Rams want to take their show on the road, but the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission says the team is legally obligated to stay home.

When the Rams announced they would play three games across the pond over the next three years, instead of playing in St. Louis, the news didn't sit well with some fans.

Friday, the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission said it had sent word to the Rams that moving home games violates the team's lease of the Edward Jones Dome. Saying in a statement, "We immediately brought this to the Rams' attention and are awaiting their reply."

A message many say they can get behind.

Sports economist Patrick Rishe says with the future of the team already uncertain, the CVC is in no position to make demands of a team that could soon leave town.

"The Rams will be compensated by the NFL for offering to go abroad for these three years, and I think the NFL would also be willing to offer a little kick-back to the City of St. Louis because they realize it is potentially some lost revenue. So for the CVC to, in my opinion, act so aggressively is just very strategically curious," said Rishe.

Perhaps the bigger issue for both sides is how to get fans as excited about the team as they are over terms of a lease. 

The St. Louis Rams released the following statement Friday evening:

"We think that playing in London is great for the Rams and great for St. Louis. We are in talks with the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, which is also the region's chief marketing group, about how to make the most of this opportunity. As the CVC said today, this will 'elevate an awareness of St. Louis on the global stage.' We look forward to having amicable and meaningful dialogue with the CVC on many issues and believe those conversations should remain between the parties."


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