Friday, February 1, 2013
What to know about Rams stadium ruling
By Mike Sando
NEW ORLEANS -- Nothing puts football fans to sleep quite like stadium arbitration updates, so I'll make this brief.
The St. Louis Rams moved closer to securing a new stadium in St. Louis or elsewhere Friday when an arbiter chose the team's proposal for Edward Jones Dome upgrades over a cheaper proposal from the city's stadium authority.
The decision comes as no shock. It's the latest step in a process set forth in the existing lease agreement. The agreement compelled the stadium authority to provide the Rams with one of the NFL's eight best stadiums by 2015. The sides made competing proposals. An arbiter chose the Rams' proposal.
The stadium authority now has 30 days to accept or reject the Rams' proposal, which called for massive and expensive overhauls to the Edward Jones Dome. A rejection is more likely. At that point, the Rams' lease, currently set to run through 2025, would convert to a year-by-year basis beginning in 2015.
Every one of the Rams' division rivals has built a new stadium since 2002 or is building one now. The Rams will want a new one, too. They now have additional leverage to get one.