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La ciudad de St. Louis demanda a los Carneros y a la NFL por irse a Los Angeles


ST. LOUIS, Missouri, 12 de abril de 2017 (St. Louis Post Dispatch).-

If the Rams thought they were going to get a clean break from St. Louis, they thought wrong. The breakup between the team and the city is now even messier thanks to a 52-page lawsuit that was filed Wednesday by the city of St. Louis, along with St. Louis County and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority.

The Rams aren’t the only defendants listed in the lawsuit, which was obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The NFL and the league’s 31 other teams are also listed as defendants.

The lawsuit was filed because the three entities in St. Louis are seeking damages and the restitution of profits that they lost stemming from the Rams’ move to Los Angeles.

“The City of St. Louis has lost an estimated $1.85 – $3.5 million each year in amusement and ticket tax collections. It has lost approximately $7.5 million in property tax,” the lawsuit states. “It has lost approximately $1.4 million in sales tax. It has lost millions in earnings taxes. The City of St. Louis will have lost over $100 million in net proceeds due to the improper conduct described above.”

The suit also states that the Rams’ move allegedly cost thousands of job to the county.

“The County of St. Louis has lost hotel and property tax revenue, as well as sales tax revenue,” the suit reads. The failure to approve the new stadium cost approximately 2,750 jobs in construction and more than 600 jobs per year in the City of St. Louis.

According to the plaintiffs, the lawsuit has merit because the Rams didn’t meet the NFL’s standard for relocation.

“The Rams, the NFL, through its member teams, and the owners have violated the obligations and standards governing team relocations,” the suit states.

The NFL’s relocation rules only allow a team to move if the club has “diligently engaged in good faith efforts” to get a stadium deal done.

The city of St. Louis doesn’t believe that the league acted in good faith, especially since the city ended up approving a stadium plan in December 2015 .

Under that plan, the city would’ve pitched in in $150 million of the estimated $1.1 billion stadium cost. Another $550 million would’ve come from the NFL and the Rams, with the team adding $250 million and the league kicking in $300 million. At the time, the city said that the state would pay for the rest of the stadium.

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