Tuesday, January 12, 2016

It's Official: The Rams Are Going to L.A.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 9:26 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF FLICKR/DREW ALLEN

It's over.

The NFL owners voted tonight to allow Stan Kroenke to move the Rams to Los Angeles, ending the team's 21-year run in St. Louis. The owners also agreed to let the San Diego Chargers explore a move to the same facility, in suburban Inglewood, which is south of L.A. 

The Rams will be gone in time for next year's season.

See also: Forget the Rams. St. Louis Will Be Better Off as a Two-Team Town

Mayor Francis Slay issued a statement, saying,

The NFL ignored the facts, the loyalty of St. Louis fans, who supported the team through far more downs than ups, and the NFL ignored a strong market and viable plan for a new stadium. I am proud of our effort and what St. Louis was able to accomplish in an extraordinarily short period of time. I thank everyone who worked so diligently on this project, especially the Governor’s Task Force.

In the meantime, we need to increase our focus on the region's hospitality industry— conventions, tourism and amateur sports. These events and the hotels and restaurants that support them put thousands of City and County residents to work in good jobs. St. Louis is great place to live and build a business— with or without NFL football.

Governor Jay Nixon, who led a task force attempting to keep the town, added this in a statement of his own:

Tonight’s decision is disappointing, and a clear deviation from the NFL’s guidelines. It is troubling that the league would allow for the relocation of a team when a home market has worked in good faith and presented a strong and viable proposal. This sets a terrible precedent not only for St. Louis, but for all communities that have loyally supported their NFL franchises.

Regardless of tonight’s action, the fact remains that St. Louis is a world-class city deserving of a world-class NFL team. We will review the NFL’s decision thoroughly before determining what next steps to take. In particular, we are interested in their justification for departing so significantly from the NFL’s guidelines after St. Louis had – in record time – presented a proposal for a first-class stadium.

in St. Louis, there's a feeling of resignation, but also for many fans, both sadness and anger.

See also: Fuck You, Stan Kroenke, and the Toupee You Rode in Under

Below, some of the Twitter highlights.



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