To fight back , then- Governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, former da task force that developed a plan for a new outdoor stadium near the Mississippi River which included a naming rights partner and public funding to cover some construction costs.
At the same time, a committee of six NFL Owners recommended to the league of'allow the Chargers and Raiders, who were also looking for new venues, to jointly build a stadium in Carson, Calif. However, in January 2016, the entire cohort of league owners voted 30-2 to let the Rams go to Los Angeles . As a consolation, the Chargers were granted the right to move into the Rams 'new home if they could not secure a new stadium in San Diego.
In 2017, a team of lawyers that included Bob Blitz, a member of the Missouri task force, sued the league on behalf of the city and county of St. Louis , and the stadium authority, which no longer had the Rams as its main tenant.
" The Rams and the NFL knew that the plaintiffs were spending an enormous amount of time and money to develop a new financing plan for the stadium complex and encouraged the plaintiffs' commitments through false statements regarding the process and the intention of the Rams, "the lawyers wrote in their complaint.
The settlement, which came just weeks before the start of a trial in St. Louis, was a rare and very public defeat for the NFL The league fought the lawsuit because it did not want to set a precedent for a settlement or open the door to an unfavorable decision that would invite other cities in the future to continue the league after their teams leave.
But the prospect of team owners being forced to testify on how which she makes the decision that a team can move, and the potential damage thatexpected to exceed $ 1 billion, led the league to reach a deal. The N.F.L. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The N.F.L. pushed back lawsuits from towns it had previously abandoned. More recently, the city of Oakland, Calif., Sued the league after the Raiders were allowed to move to Las Vegas in 2017. But that lawsuit, which is under appeal, was filed in federal court.
St. Louis filed his lawsuit in state court, and the trial judge repeatedly pushed back on league efforts to move the trial. Much of the case remained under seal, but the league had suffered a losing streak and a jury trial of a dozen Missouri residents had been likely until the league decided to install.