By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
The St. Louis Rams had hoped to play in London during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Now, they will not be playing in those games at all. The Rams said they “need to focus on improvements to their stadium.”
The Rams are expected to play in London in October against the New England Patriots. The kickoff is expected to take place on October 28th at Wembley Stadium.
“We are looking forward to playing in London this season as the NFL’s international series offers a unique opportunity to grow the American football audience, expand the Rams’ brand to international fans and enhance St. Louis on the global stage,” said Kevin Demoff, executive vice president of the Rams. “However, moving forward we believe our attention needs to be on the ongoing first-tier process” involving the Edward Jones Dome.
The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Bureau has been leasing the Rams the stadium since 1994. However, the Rams could leave, for say, Los Angeles after the 2014 season.
The Rams have been in talks to improve the stadium since January of this year. The agreement also stats that the Stadium has to be within the top 25 percent of all of the NFL’s 31 stadiums.
There was a plan that would cost $48 million to improve the stadium. However, it was rejected in February and a new a $124 million plan was proposed.
In this proposal, the Rams would have to pay $64 million for the improvements.
The Rams were tied for the Indianapolis Colts for the worst record in the NFL last year with a 2-14 record. On Sunday, the two teams met in Indianapolis, where the Colts won 38-3 over the Rams.
They are 15-65 in the past five years. Recently hired head coach Jeff Fisher hopes to change those fortunes around.
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