City of St. Louis sues National Football League, teams over Los Angeles Rams' move

NFL analyst on draft'Let's stop crying for the Rams. They're fine

So, it makes flawless sense that the Rams moved so quickly to exercise his fifth-year option.

For the Rams, this move was obviously a no brainer to exercise that fifth year since the team wants to make sure Donald is around for the long run.

"There is no legitimate basis for this litigation", Brian McCarthy, the National Football League vice-president of communications, told the St Louis Post-Dispatch. It notes that Forbes estimated the value of the team more than doubled after it moved to Los Angeles.

The plaintiffs said the loss of the Rams hurt the city and region and benefited the league and its owners, who received a $550 million relocation fee, the lawsuit said. A spokesman for the league, Brian McCarthy, said it worked diligently with local and state officials in a process he calls "honest and fair".

Charges in the St. Louis lawsuit include breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraudulent misrepresentation and business interference.

"The Rams never meant to engage in good faith negotiations with St. Louis", the lawsuit said.

The NFL adopted relocation guidelines in 1984.

According to the suit, St. Louis has lost between $1.85 million and $3.5 million in amusement and ticket tax revenue since the Rams left before the 2016 season and $7.5 million in property tax and $1.4 million in sales tax revenue.

The lawsuit is among several filed over the Rams' departure.

When the time does (hopefully) come for Donald's extension, it will be interesting to see what type of money the Rams are willing to offer since many believe he deserves to be the league's highest paid defensive player. Three separate lawsuits related to personal seat licenses were consolidated into one suit. The suit, filed in St. Louis, seeks unspecified but "extensive" damages and restitution.


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