Rams owner Stan Kroenke tears into St. Louis in their relocation application.
Now, with the release of that application Tuesday, there may be no going back. The 29-page document makes it painfully clear Kroenke wants nothing to do with St. Louis, a market that, the application claims, “lags, and will continue to lag, far behind in the economic drivers that are necessary for sustained success of an NFL franchise.”
That thanks-but-no-thanks mindset was never more apparent than in a section in the application titled, “No NFL Club Would Be Interested In The RSA’s New St. Louis Stadium.” The document claims, “Any NFL Club that signs on to this proposal in St. Louis will be well on the road t0 financial ruin, and the League will be harmed.”
According to the Post-Dispatch, the NFL refused to make the Rams’ application public, but the team itself did so. Perhaps that is because Kroenke is hoping that the reaction in St. Louis will be so vitriolic that the climate becomes demonstrably inhospitable to his team, and thus other owners, in a league-wide vote scheduled for next week, will feel they have no choice but let his team flee to a warmer reception in sunny Los Angeles.