Arbitration to begin in Edward Jones Dome negotiations

7:30 AM, Jan 15, 2013   |    comments
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By Ryan Dean

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The future of the NFL in St. Louis is on the line.

On Tuesday, arbitration between the St. Louis Rams and the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission kicks-off.

But what improvements are needed to make the Edward Jones Dome a first-tier facility?

The CVC, which operates the Dome believes it will take $124 million.

The Rams want something much more expensive, and city officials say that plan will take about $700 million.

So there is varying opinions on what it will take to have the Dome rank in the top 25 percent of stadiums, which is why arbitration is needed.

Starting Tuesday, two former judges and a lawyer will serve as the arbitrators. It will be their job to decide exactly how much money it will take to get the Dome into the first-tier.

On Monday our cameras caught the arbitrators walking into the dome to get a tour of the facility.

A legal expert says the arbitrators have three options: side with the Rams, with the CVC or somewhere in between.

A local sports economist says a lot of upgrades are needed to get the Dome in that first-tier level.

If the Dome is not in that first-tier status, the Rams could opt out of the lease after the 2014 season.



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