On Tuesday night, the NFL held a public meeting for Rams fans to sound off on the team’s potential relocation to the Los Angeles area, a required step before a team can consider moving to another market.
Held at the Peabody Opera House, the meeting was a chance for fans to vent, express their frustrations and ask questions. Many were emotional, and their love of the Rams and dislike of owner Stan Kroenke was clear.
A number of speakers contended that Kroenke was not following some of the NFL’s bylaws, including ones prohibiting an owner from moving a team for financial gain. Others said that Kroenke had not done enough to showcase his support for the team’s proposed riverfront stadium or fans.
The public hearings will most likely have little bearing on a nearly year-long predicament that’s put professional football’s future in St. Louis in question. The team still needs the votes of three-fourths of the NFL’s owners to move.