NFL says no basis for suit over Rams' departure

On Wednesday, the city of St. Louis sued the NFL and all of its teams and owners, alleging the league violated its relocation guidelines.

The city and county of St. Louis and the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority (RSA) filed a 52-page lawsuit Wednesday against the National Football League and its 32 teams seeking damages and restitution of profits over the loss of the Rams.

Rams spokesman Artis Twyman said the team would not comment on pending litigation.

The Inglewood stadium is expected to open in 2019.

The suit also accuses the Rams and owner Stan Kroenke of fraudulent misrepresentation and the National Football League - specifically Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones - of intentionally interfering with the business relationship between the Rams and St. Louis' by "encouraging, promoting, and conspiring with the Rams to develop a plan to relocate the Rams to Los Angeles and convincing the other member-teams to approve the relocation".

The plaintiffs said they made investments in the team's home stadium based on the NFL's policy requiring teams to work in good faith to remain in their home community, but team officials were aiming to move long before they made such plans public, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit was filed by attorneys with St. Louis law firms Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch L.C. and Dowd Bennett LLP. It happens. The NFL has moved three teams now in the last 15 months with the Chargers also moving to Los Angeles and the Raiders to Las Vegas. Fisher was sacked in December. Meanwhile, the value of the Rams increased by almost $700 million.

The lawsuit claims St. Louis has lost an estimated $1.85 million to $3.5 million a year in amusement and ticket tax revenue with the departure of the Rams, as well as about $7.5 million in property taxes and "millions" in earning taxes, according to the Post-Dispatch. The sports complex authority spent more than $17 million during efforts to build a new stadium for the Rams. In total, the city will have lost more than $100m in net proceeds. Three separate lawsuits related to personal seat licenses were consolidated into one suit.

The Rams finished 4-12 in their first season back in Los Angeles and haven't had a winning record in any season since 2003.

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