Stories on the business of moving the St. Louis Rams franchise

Raiders owner doublespeaks his way through NFL “town meeting” in Oakland

Friday, October 30, 2015 3:11 AM

Mark Davis, owner of the Oakland (soon-to-be Los Angeles?) RaidersIf only we could count on an NFL owner to speak the truth clearly and concisely, we might have a definitive answer on which team/teams will be playing in Los Angeles next season: Namely, the Rams and the Chargers.

Unlike St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke and San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos, who prefer to stay well off the media (and public’s) radar, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis (no relation) is, if anything, too verbose in his comments regarding relocating his team in L.A. for 2016. Unfortunately, Davis, like so many others in the big-business world, is perfectly fluent in doublespeak and his comments therefore must go through some translation and/or filtration before understanding may be had.

Rams fan gets in 2¢, little media coverage from NFL meeting in San Diego

Thursday, October 29, 2015 2:20 AM

It sounded wacky, like many fan-inspired plans featuring a public display of devotion when Bring Back the Los Angeles Rams founder Andrew Hogan announced on Tuesday that he’d be attending the NFL’s public meeting in San Diego on the possibly/seemingly inevitable move of the San Diego Chargers, to Los Angeles if at all possible.

It also sounded like a bit of a bad idea. Hogan’s cool logic, i.e. L.A./Orange County’s NFL fans want the Rams, not the Chargers, in the home market, was unlikely to play well to an emotionally-charged crowd playing off against representatives of a hated business organization.

Rams relocation: NFL representatives foster illusion of decision-making in St. Louis

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 2:13 AM

NFL representatives yesterday evening held the first of three scheduled public hearings in cities on the brink of losing their NFL franchises. A reportedly “loud and often rowdy crowd” of 1,500 turned out for a chance to air grievances about the seemingly inevitable relocation of the Rams to the Los Angeles area.

One of said 1,500, a woman by the name of Jill Bauer, was captured on YouTube making her statement to the unhappy-looking quartet of folks appearing as apologists on behalf of the NFL.

From her bully pulpit, Bauer proceeded to take the NFL and Rams owner Stan Kroenke – by all accounts quite the popular rhetorical piñata at this hearing – to task for its system in franchise relocation.

Browns-Rams (a.k.a. the #GurleyShow episode three) highlights via Twitter

Monday, October 26, 2015 1:58 AM

What a wowfest episode three of the #GurleyShow turned out to be, making this Monday a fantastic day to be a Rams fan.

And it all went by faster than the man himself freely romping in the open field. Since the highlight clip of Cleveland Browns-St. Louis Rams can only be watched so many times, brings you another sort of highlight, that of the 141-character, Vine perhaps-included variety.

In case you weren’t doubling up on watching the game with social media participation, the following are the highlights from Twitter.

Pregame: Fear, phobia, trepidation and a couple other synonyms
Hopes weren’t exactly high going into the Browns game…

Peacock teases St. Louis stadium plan, promises 15% city contribution

Monday, October 19, 2015 1:52 AM

Artist's rendering of proposed new St. Louis sports stadiumDave Peacock, the co-chairman of Missouri governor Jay Nixon’s task force charged with creating a new NFL-ready stadium in St. Louis, has released lots of specifics on his plan in advance of a meeting of city aldermen on this issue later this week.

The Inside St. Louis website has enumerated quite a list of highlights from Peacock’s info dump. Given the recent nationwide outcry regarding the habitual fleecing of the public for tax revenue for billionaires’ playthings, the task force’s main goal will be to positively spin the funding plan to the aldermen. Peacock apparently warmed up by testing his material on local media late last week:

St. Louis County landfill fire and Jones Dome: A laughing matter? Really?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 2:51 AM was going to post some kind of flippant piece about this, perhaps featuring Nick Foles as the new Toxic Avenger because, what the hell, every superhero flick/franchise is getting the reboot treatment these days. The axed piece would have painted a comical apocalyptic picture, seeing signs from the divine beginning with the release of God’s Man In St. Louis, proceeding through nearly a decade of fan suffering, into the noxious fire at Edward Jones and, now, in a worst-case scenario, the obliteration of said arena.

St. Louis radio optimistic about naming rights deal, Carson plan

Friday, October 9, 2015 2:13 AM

If looks could kill, this guy would ... um, something...Once again, the Ryan Kelley Morning After radio show on St. Louis-based CBS Sports 920 focused on the Rams – and specifically on the prospects of the team moving back to Los Angeles.

Joining the show for this Friday’s edition was Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

After (extremely) briefly previewing Sunday’s game at the Green Bay with cautious optimism, i.e. pointing out that the Packers run defense allowed Matt Forte to romp for 166 yards in week one and pointing out that the Rams get six of nine games at home beginning in week six.

Speaking of “at home,” Thomas applied the same cautious optimism to the prospect of St. Louis keeping the Rams franchise in the city with his takeaways from the New York owners meeting this week. The transcript runs like so:

Proposed St. Louis stadium gets $158 mil for name rights; Forbes says “no big deal”

Thursday, October 8, 2015 4:53 AM

Yesterday, the news broke that, if certain folks in St. Louis had their way, the NFL will be welcoming yet another colorlessly corporate-named stadium into its ranks. Missouri governor Jay Nixon announced yesterday that a proposed new stadium – a venue designed primarily to entice franchise owner Stan Kroenke to keep the Rams in the city – would be named National Car Rental Field, thanks to an agreed-upon 20-year, $158 million rights-naming deal.

While such a figure certainly sounds impressive, a handy informal analysis of its wooing power to Kroenke et al arrived today courtesy Forbes, which has rapidly become the go-to source for off-field Rams news.

Simmons: Sources say it’s L.A. Rams, L.A. Chargers and St. Louis Raiders

Friday, October 2, 2015 1:11 AM

Lots of chatter is going on online on the relaunched/rebranded Bill Simmons Podcast, particularly having to do with any vitriolic commentary on ESPN after the “Worldwide Leader” contractually slapped a gag on the man in May.

Rams fans in St. Louis and Los Angeles, however, will be infinitely more interested in Simmons’ information on the team’s move to California. After an obligatory pop-culture simile in which ol’ B.S. likens the Rams to Brad Pitt, St. Louis to Angelina Jolie and Los Angeles to Jennifer Aniston ( is not sure how to feel about that), he states:

Edward Jones Dome (also coaching staff, 80% of roster): Let it burn

Monday, September 28, 2015 2:53 AM

See, the problem with writing up the St. Louis Rams’ escapades in week three is that all the good one-liners were out within, like, 15 minutes after the blue flames sprouted from the AstroTurf Game Day Grass 3D™ and probably reduced the viability of this planet’s biosphere by 0.5% or so.

The sardonic jokes flowed freely on Twitter and elsewhere: The bonus pyrotechnics were part of an insurance scam to get the Rams packing for California quicker. Messing with the turf was a way to slow down LeVeon Bell. After sitting on pins and needles for months in hoping for a look at that no. 10 overall pick, optimistically reckoned the Great Turf Fire of 2015 to be…