St. Louis Rams Move To L.A. Talks Heating Up


The rumors are never ending. Until a team finally moves to Los Angeles the St. Louis Rams will always be in the discussion. Although we will probably never hear anything from owner Stan Kroenke, VP and COO Kevin Demhoff joined the 101 ESPN Fast Lane on Thursday.

Randy Karraker and D’Marco Farr both questioned Demhoff about a possible move to LA and although the COO didnt say that a move was going to happen, he also didnt say that there wasn’t. Below is the full interview, and it’s definitely worth a listen.

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There has been no decision made. There is no done deal. There is nothing like that-Kevin Demhoff

The Rams stadium lease is up in 2015, after that the Rams are free to go. Los Angeles would be the most logical solution as the second largest sports market in the country has been without and NFL team for 20 years. Kroenke also owns a large piece of land in the LA area that he bought within the last year.

The NFL held an owners meeting earlier this week to discuss the domestic violence going on around the league. After the meeting Commissioner Rodger Goodell was asked about a move to L.A. saying,

"“I have always been reluctant, until we have a solution, to project where we are. There are reasons for optimism. But that can change also. Until we have a solution that we are all comfortable with and the ownership has voted on it, I’m not going to comment about whether that is realistic or if that’s a high probability or not. What we want to do is make sure we are doing the work to evaluate the alternatives and understand those alternatives. If there is an alternative that makes sense we will bring that to the membership. But until we do that, I couldn’t make any projections about whether we are closer or not. To me, at the end of the day, it’s not about whether we are closer, it’s about whether we get there. We are either going to get there and do it successfully or we are not….”"

The Commissioner continued by saying,

"“We’ve said all along we have to find a solution, a long-term solution, on the stadium front. Until that happens we are not spending an awful lot of time on temporary facilities. We are looking at long-term facilities — something that is going to allow the team, or teams, to be successful over the long-term.”"

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk recently joined The Jon and Sean Show on 97.5 The Fanatic and talked about a team moving to L.A. Florio said that the Rams, Raiders, and Chargers are the teams that are in contention to make the move. Both the Rams and Raiders stadium leases are coming up while the Chargers have been looking for a new stadium.

Florio also said that a “very good source” told him that the NFL does plan to go back to L.A. and that they expect the move to happen within the next 12-24 months.

"When owners are asked about it, they are going to be very circumspect, you’re going to have Rodger Goodell talking in circles. You’re not going to get any type of telegraphing of what is going to happen. It’s going to happen quickly and suddenly, and its going to happen either this offseason or next. There is going to be temporary homes in either the Rose Bowl, Coliseum, or even Dodgers Stadium until a new stadium is built. But the NFL fully intends to move forward and fill that void."

To listen to the audio click here. Just a fair warning, 90% of the interview is about the Eagles, while the last two minutes is the Los Angeles bit.

It will happen suddenly, it will happen without warning, it will happen quickly.-Mike Florio

As much as St. Louis fans don’t want a move to happen, it almost seems imminent that it will. At this point, the only other team that would possibly make the move is the Raiders, but with the Rams lease and stadium situations the Rams look like they are the front runner.