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Sports Business Rundown: Rams Receive $2 Million Reimbursement

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The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC) issued a $2 million check to the St. Louis Rams to cover legal fees and other costs after going to arbitration over upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome.

The two parties wound up in arbitration because they couldn’t reach an agreement over upgrades intended to make the dome a top-tier facility in the National Football League, which was stipulated in the team’s original lease in 1995.

In mid-February, the Rams filed a reimbursement request for $3.42 million. The CVC countered with a request that did not exceed $787,398. Arbitrators ruled that the Rams were owed $2 million.

Mizzou Golf Course to Bear Walsworth Name

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Don Walsworth, a University of Missouri graduate and former MU curator, made an $8.3 million donation to the school, earning the CEO of the Marceline-based Walsworth Publishing Company naming rights to the university’s golf complex. The Board of Curators came to a unanimous decision to call the facility Walsworth Family Golf Complex, a part of the Club at Old Hawthorne.

The Walsworth family has previously made donations to benefit Memorial Stadium, and a plaza outside of Mizzou Arena is named for the family.

Number of the Week: $12.8 million

The St. Louis Rams signed first-round pick Tavon Austin to a four-year, $12.8 million contract. Along with the four-year deal, Austin received a $7.7 million signing bonus.

With the signing of Austin, the Rams have signed all of their draft picks, including another first-round pick, Alec Ogletree.

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Bloomberg’s Richard Vedder has more in his story, “How Poor Students Subsidize Unworthy College Sports.”

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