Rams relocation vote looms after Goodell deems St. Louis plan inadequate

One year removed from the initial announcement of plans for a riverfront football stadium aimed at enticing the Rams to stay in St. Louis, the city and team expect a vote this week that will go a long way toward determining the future of professional football in St. Louis.

With NFL owners meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Houston, many expect a vote regarding proposals by the Rams, the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers to relocate to the Los Angeles area.

Roger Goodell, the NFL’s commissioner, said in memo to team owners over the weekend that St. Louis’ proposal for the $1.1 billion riverfront stadium was not “sufficient to secure retention” of the Rams. He cited the uncertainty of the plan, including the possibility that state lawmakers could block bonds needed to build the stadium.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who is pursuing his own plan to build a stadium in Inglewood, Calif., blasted St. Louis and its capacity as an NFL city in the Rams’ application for relocation to the Los Angeles area.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Public Radio

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