by Brad Biggs
January 28, 02012
There are fans in St. Louis that are not happy the Rams are going ocean hopping once each of the next three seasons to play a regular-season game in London.
And the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, which owns the Edward Jones Dome, says the Rams will be violating their lease if they do not play all eight home games there each season.
This could set up an interesting battle as the NFL has already announced the Rams will go international in the 2012 to 2014 seasons with one game shifted from the Edward Jones Dome to Wembley Stadium each year.
"We immediately brought this to the Rams' attention and are awaiting their response," the commission said in a statement, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Our lease with the Rams requires that the Rams play all their home games in the Edward Jones Dome."
The only out for the Rams, per the report, is if the Dome is unusable. Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who owns the English Premier League team Arsenal, stands to gain financially by playing abroad.
All of this will be part of an ongoing showdown over the stadium and the lease with some concerned Kroenke is fixing to pick up and leave.
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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune