So, it makes ideal sense that the Rams moved so quickly to exercise his fifth-year option. Stan Kroenke, a real estate billionaire and native of Missouri, was minority owner of the team until purchasing it outright in 2010, two years after the death of longtime majority owner Georgia Frontiere.
Charges in the St. Louis lawsuit include breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraudulent misrepresentation and business interference.
The suit says the Rams made intentional false claims that only enriched themselves and damaged the plaintiffs. The new Inglewood stadium, slated to cost $2.6 billion, is scheduled to open in 2019.
The NFL adopted relocation guidelines in 1984.
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The lawsuit alleges that St Louis has lost an estimated $1.85m to $3.5m each year in amusement and ticket tax collections, as well as roughly $7.5m in property taxes.
"The Rams, the NFL, through its member teams, and the owners have violated the obligations and standards governing team relocations" because the Rams failed to meet league relocation rules, the suit claims in a 52-page brief filed Wednesday.
By exercising the option now, the Rams buy themselves sufficient time to work out a long-term extension with their best player. In total, the city will have lost more than $100 million in net proceeds. It would be more likely to see San Diego file a similar lawsuit sooner - if it chooses to - because of the time elapsed without a team.
The Rams finished 4-12 in their first season back in Los Angeles and haven't had a winning record in any season since 2003. After all, St. Louis watched its third National Football League franchise leave its city limits - and the second in less than 30 years, with the Cardinals' move to Arizona and the Rams leaving last year - and nearly certainly will never host another National Football League team.