NFL says no basis for suit over Rams' departure

Rosalie Stanley
April 13, 2017

The city, St. Louis County and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority, in a lawsuit filed in Circuit Court of St. Louis City, is seeking damages totaling more than $1 billion for the move by the Rams to Los Angeles from Missouri a year ago. It seeks unspecified damages for breach of contract, unjust enrichment and fraudulent misrepresentation.

"There is no legitimate basis for this litigation", Brian McCarthy, the National Football League vice-president of communications, told the St Louis Post-Dispatch.

Rams spokesman Artis Twyman said the team would not comment on pending litigation.

"In the years leading up to the Rams relocation request, Rams officials chose to move the team and confidentially determined that they would be interested in exploiting any opportunity to do so", the lawsuit states.

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The suit says the Rams made intentional false claims that only enriched themselves and damaged the plaintiffs.

The city of St. Louis, on the other hand, is saying the process was not fair and that the National Football League never meant to negotiate with honest intentions with the city.

The lawsuit was filed by attorneys with St. Louis law firms Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch L.C. and Dowd Bennett LLP. The lawsuit says Demoff said the call was one of the "moments in your life you never forget". Meanwhile, the city says it was already prepping to build a new stadium complex that was estimated to cost more than $1 billion and would have added thousands of jobs to the area.

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. In total, the city will have lost more than $100 million in net proceeds. It also claims the departure of the Rams has resulted in in hotel tax, property tax, and sales tax revenue. Another suit filed by the regional sports authority seeks to keep the Rams from obtaining the team's former practice facility in St. Louis County for $1 in 2024, as spelled out in the team's original lease. Donald was one of the few lone highlights from a frustrating 4-12 season in 2016 when considering he still managed to be productive by leading the league with 31 quarterback hits.

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