by Sarah Fenske
The NFL ignored the facts, the loyalty of St. Louis fans, who supported the team through far more downs than ups, and the NFL ignored a strong market and viable plan for a new stadium. I am proud of our effort and what St. Louis was able to accomplish in an extraordinarily short period of time. I thank everyone who worked so diligently on this project, especially the Governor’s Task Force.
In the meantime, we need to increase our focus on the region's hospitality industry— conventions, tourism and amateur sports. These events and the hotels and restaurants that support them put thousands of City and County residents to work in good jobs. St. Louis is great place to live and build a business— with or without NFL football.
Tonight’s decision is disappointing, and a clear deviation from the NFL’s guidelines. 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.
#Rams employee walks into building with tears in his eyes. "This is one of the hardest days of my life."— Brian Feldman (@BFeldman) January 13, 2016
"The state of our union is strong...unless you live in St Louis as a Rams fan. Then you're screwed". #SOTU— Dave Whitman (@DaveWhitman) January 13, 2016
Goodell said it all,“today we have the return of the Los Angeles Rams to their home,”. So STL was just a whore along the way? Shame on NFL— McGraw Milhaven (@McGrawMilhaven) January 13, 2016
Fans chanting "Kroenke sucks" here at Scottrade Center. #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) January 13, 2016