Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and the task force that put together a proposal for a new stadium in downtown St. Louis both reacted to the news that the Rams were leaving for Los Angeles on Tuesday.
“Tonight’s decision is disappointing, and a clear deviation from the NFL’s guidelines,” Nixon said in a press release. “It is troubling that the league would allow for the relocation of a team when a home market has worked in good faith and presented a strong and viable proposal. This sets a terrible precedent not only for St. Louis, but for all communities that have loyally supported their NFL franchises.
“Regardless of tonight’s action, the fact remains that St. Louis is a world-class city deserving of a world-class NFL team. We will review the NFL’s decision thoroughly before determining what next steps to take. In particular, we are interested in their justification for departing so significantly from the NFL’s guidelines after St. Louis had – in record time – presented a proposal for a first-class stadium.”
Nixon’s group had worked to put together a plan for a $1.1 billion stadium along the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis, not far from the Rams’ now-former home, the Edward Jones Dome.
That proposal included approximately $400 million in public funds.
A few minutes after Nixon’s press release was distributed came a statement from the task force, which was led by co-chairs Dave Peacock and Bob Blitz.
“Today’s decision by the NFL concludes a flawed process that ends with the unthinkable result of St. Louis losing the Rams,” the statement said. “Over the past 15 months, our stadium task force has delivered in every respect to what the NFL demanded of St. Louis to keep our team. More important, over the past 21 seasons, most of them dire, St. Louis has been remarkably supportive of and faithful to the Rams. We will leave it to the NFL to explain how this could happen and hope the next city that may experience what St. Louis has endured will enjoy a happier and more appropriate outcome.
“Here in St. Louis and throughout our region, we are incredibly grateful for the energy and support we received during this journey. What St. Louis was able to accomplish in a very, very short time was, and is, amazing. That our collective efforts will not be rewarded, or recognized, is very unfortunate. We all deserve better, but never forget that we just showed everyone and ourselves what St. Louis is capable of achieving. The best days for St. Louis are not far away.”