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Reports: NFL, St. Louis reach $790M settlement on Rams’ relocation

The NFL and the Rams have agreed to pay $790 million to the city of St. Louis to settle a 2017 lawsuit over the team’s move to Los Angeles, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the agreement does not include an expansion team for St. Louis.

It was not immediately clear how much of the settlement will be paid by the league and how much by Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who relocated the team in 2016.

St. Louis city and county officials were expected to make an official announcement on Wednesday.

Attorneys for Kroenke and the NFL were in St. Louis for a mediation session on Tuesday with lawyers representing St. Louis, St. Louis County and the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority.

The lawsuit claimed that the NFL broke its own relocation guidelines and that the Rams misled the public on their plans to leave the city, costing St. Louis millions in revenue.

A trial date had been set for Jan. 10.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke attends the game Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: NFL owners angry Stan Kroenke skipping out on legal fees

Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke is challenging the indemnity agreement he signed in 2016 that helped him receive permission to move the franchise from St. Louis, and many other NFL team owners were upset upon learning the news this week, ESPN reported Wednesday.

With the Rams and other owners involved in a years-long lawsuit from the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority, millions of dollars have been spent on legal fees. Under the indemnification agreement, Kroenke in essence agreed to foot any legal bills incurred by the NFL and other teams regarding the Rams’ relocation.

During NFL owners meetings Wednesday in New York, commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly asked Kroenke to leave the room before general counsel Jeff Pash informed other owners that Kroenke moved to challenge the indemnification agreement.

Per ESPN, New York Giants owner John Mara argued that if Kroenke hadn’t agreed to reimburse the league the day of the 2016 vote, owners would not have voted in favor of his project. The Rams’ SoFi Stadium project in Inglewood, Calif., was competing at the time with a Raiders-Chargers joint proposal in Carson, Calif.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and several other owners who served on an “L.A. Committee” were ordered to turn over complete financial records to a St. Louis circuit judge as part of the city’s lawsuit, and many of the owners were fined for failing to do so. Kraft said owners would feel dissuaded from serving on league committees in the future if promises of indemnification were not upheld.

Kroenke reportedly believes he shouldn’t have to foot all legal fees because an official working on the Carson proposal sent an email to St. Louis city officials describing ways the Rams may have been violating the NFL’s relocation policy — and the email helped St. Louis sue.

The NFL and the Rams declined ESPN’s requests for comment.

Kroenke’s holding company also owns the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, MLS’ Colorado Rapids and Arsenal F.C. in London.

–Field Level Media