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Missouri governor waiting to hear from Rams on stadium issue

Jay Nixon could be key figure in process Brad Biggs

Print This July 19, 2013, 04:20 PM EST

Officials in Missouri are waiting to see what the next step is by the St. Louis Rams after plans to a $700 million renovation plan for the Edward Jones Dome was formally shot down by the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission.

The Rams will be able to opt out of their lease following the 2014 season but most expect owner Stan Kroenke to work to find a solution in St. Louis. Whether that means upgrades for the current stadium or potentially a new one, no one knows.

Gov. Jay Nixon said he is waiting for the team to take the first step, according to Tim Logan of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“The ball’s in their court to say what they need for long-term stability,” Nixon said. “We look forward to hearing from them.”

Nixon said any talks between him and Kroenke would remain private but it appears that the governor could hold a key role in how this situation could be resolved in the future.

As we know with most stadium situations, they are delicate operations involving lots of moving parts and lots of power brokers. It’s going to take considerable time before something is accomplished here.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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