ELDER: Rams should stay in St. Louis

010_ELDER_ROSSThe St. Louis Rams’ owner, Stan Kroenke, has recently been considering a relocation to Los Angeles for the team. He clearly wants out of St. Louis, but the NFL is making it tough for him. The city of St. Louis is hoping their city remains an NFL venue, while Los Angeles hopes to become one.

Some people believe that relocating a team isn’t that difficult. However, the truth is quite the opposite. The relocation can only happen if twenty four out of the thirty-two NFL owners vote “yes”. Nine owners have to say “no” to the relocation in order to keep the Rams in St. Louis.

St. Louis fans have had their hopes reignited after the Edward Jones Dome attorney, Robert Blitz, and former Anheuser-Busch President, David Peacock, proposed a new stadium, which is said to be the teams’ last hope. The stadium is said to seat 64,000 and cost between $860 and $985 million.

The open-air downtown venue will make it more attractive to fans and visitors from all across the nation.

High expectations remained in the air after winning a Super Bowl with Kurt Warner in 2000, but the success of the Rams since then has been disappointing. Since 2005, the Rams have had an overall record 49-110-1, and their average record per year is 5-11. The Rams have not seen the playoffs since 2004. It is fair to say that the Rams have been on slump since 2005.

According to a piece by Jason La Canfora on cbssports.com, this year, the Rams have had their highest attendance in the last six years. This hints to the NFL that once speculations of relocation appeared, the fans knew that they had to support the team more. The owner must open up his eyes and see that this city wants and needs an NFL team.

Now Los Angeles is trying to reel in a couple of teams which would take away revenue the Rams need. According to an article by Brent Schrotenboer on USA Today Sports, L.A. has been weighing its options, and is considering the Oakland Raiders, the San Diego Chargers, and, of course, the St. Louis Rams.

As I said earlier, the Rams have not been successful over the past ten years. If Los Angeles brings two teams to the city, then there holds the possibility of the Rams being left out. If this situation was to play out like this, then the Rams would end up where they are right now.

This possible move should not be at the top of the Rams worries right now as they approach another high-pick in the upcoming draft. Stan Kroenke should accept the new stadium deal and stick with the St. Louis fanbase.

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