Agreement in works for Rams to indeed play in London

Despite a lease that states the St. Louis Rams must play every home regular-season game at the Edward Jones Dome, they’ll be playing in London this coming season.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the club is working to finalize an agreement with the Convention and Visitors Commission, which manages the Dome, to play one home game in each of the next three seasons at London’s Wembley Stadium.

It was announced last month the Rams would host the New England Patriots on Oct. 28. But tickets did not go on sale when expected because the issue of the lease was raised. It’s a tricky situation as the Rams seek upgrades to the Dome with a lease situation that will allow them to leave town after the 2014 season if the stadium is not considered a top-tier building in the NFL.

"The agreement must be formally approved, but we are optimistic there will be a successful resolution," Rams vice president Kevin Demoff told Thomas.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the matter on Friday and said he was hopeful the Rams would still be in play in London.

Look for the Rams’ lease situation to remain front and center for some time to come.

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