But perhaps no team wants to change cities more than the Rams; their owner Stan Kroenke wants out more than a college grad that’s been living at home for two years.
Kroenke understands the economic value of moving his team to the nation’s second largest city. But he still has to convince the NFL top brass and team owners to let him abandon St. Louis and leave the city's fans with only a hockey team and a baseball team. It didn’t take much for the Rams to sh*t all over the city.
“Compared to all other U.S. cities, St. Louis is struggling,” the application states. “St. Louis is not a three professional team market.”
But they actually used numbers to throw shade over the entire city:
“According to the US Mayor’s Report published in 2015, St. Louis is 245th out of 381 cities in projected economic growth, ranking it 29th among NFL markets.”
Ouch! What about the brand new shiny stadium the city of St. Louis proposed to the team?
“No NFL Club would be interested in the (St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority) new St. Louis stadium. Any NFL Club that signs on to this proposal in St. Louis will be well on the road to financial ruin, and the League will be harmed.”
I think the league will be just fine regardless of what happens to the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams.
If you want to read the full application (I don’t know why you would) click here. It’s pages and pages of statistical analysis on why St. Louis sucks.
What happens if the NFL rejects the Rams’ proposal? Will they really stay in St. Louis after ripping the city, the fans, and their stadium proposal? Let’s hope so. That would be hilarious!