The St. Louis Rams are abandoning their plans for any future “home” games to be played in London. The franchise had agreed to play games in Wembley Stadium this season and in the next two years. The Rams will play in London this season but the club has declined to play overseas after this season. The club cites their current lease situation as one of the reasons for the change in plans.
Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff told reporters, “We want to grow globally, but we need to make sure we’re on a solid footing first here in St. Louis. While this was something that we believe in and we continue to believe in, this was just not the right timing for the organization and for our fans.”
The Rams have been embroiled in negotiations with the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Bureau since the start of the year. The Rams lease states that the bureau must maintain the Edward Jones Dome as a top tier facility or the Rams could break their current lease. The franchise has submitted their list of demands for improvements for the facility, but those demands were summarily rejected.
“We’re committed to working with the city to find a first-tier solution. We have said we need our actions to speak louder than our words, and this action today should show St. Louis we care about getting this right”, said Mr. Demoff.
St. Louis has been long rumored to be a potential candidate fro relocation to the Los Angeles market and could void their contract after the 2013 season. The Rams have managed just 15 wins in the last five seasons. This season, the Rams will will play the New England Patriots in London on October 28.