Mike Claiborne and Mark Reardon were both just on KMOX and they said they're as good as gone. Reardon is not a sports guy but Claiborne is and is very well respected.
Miles, I agree it's not a done deal but to use a football analogy it's 4th and long!
Everyone and their brother thought St. Louis was getting the Jaguars franchise and then they were awarded to Jacksonville.
It was also thought that the Patriots would come here, but it was just a ploy to get a new stadium.
The Coyotes were doing to be moved, it was a done deal...and then they stayed.
It doesn't look good, no doubt...but I wouldn't be shocked if they got the new stadium proposal from St. Louis and stayed.
What makes me question this is the idea that there will be no public funding from LA for the new stadium that Kroenke says he is going to build when he is insisting on public funding for the new stadium here. Getting approval for public funding would be a whole hell of a lot harder to secure than it would to just say he is going to partner up with others and build it themselves. If he ends up keeping the Rams here, I'm guessing all he is out is the money for development of the plans and maybe some other incidentals, which I am sure is in the millions of dollars when you add it all up...but that is chump change to Kroenke. He can develop something else on the land he bought, or just sell it and make money on the deal.
If he actually asked for public funding and got it from LA, then I'm guessing it would be harder to back out of.
I dunno. It seems fishy to me that he just came out and said he is building it without public funding.
After seeing the proposals for the LA stadiums...wow. They are impressive.
Then I look at the one St. Louis last proposed...and...uh...it's pretty paltry. I mean, it's nice enough...but not compared to LA's proposals.
St. Louis can actually do something quite cool with a new stadium. With the riverfront currently all abandoned and construction going on for the arch grounds, they could do something really cool and build the new stadium just north in those parking lots and build a huge platform over 44 and extend the stadium grounds east all the way to the river. There isn't much there. Some parking lots and a couple buildings. Just buy them out and do something really cool for tailgating/partying/pregame/postgame stuff/football park/whatever, etc. It would clean up that area, which looks like shit now...and it would be/could be pretty cool.