Nixon discusses failed St. Louis stadium plan, admits disappointment

In his first in-depth interview on the failed plan to keep the St. Louis Rams from relocating to Los Angeles, Gov. Jay Nixon discussed his contentment with the St. Louis stadium task force and his disappointment with the NFL for allowing Rams owner Stan Kroenke to fabricate reasons for the team to leave St. Louis.

In the interview, Nixon explained why he sidestepped votes of the public and of the state Legislature. He also discussed the league’s feedback on the task force proposal, his meeting with Rams owner Stan Kroenke at the team practice facility, and his hopes for the future of the riverfront site.

Throughout the interview, Nixon consistently chastised the NFL for “making up reasons” to allow the Rams to move to Los Angeles.

League executives responded Friday, saying the NFL spent “a tremendous” amount of time helping cities plan their stadiums, and owners “took a tremendous amount of information into account before making their decision.”

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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