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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will soon chair a hearing ‘to resolve the allocation of financial responsibility’ between the Los Angeles Rams and other league teams in paying the St. Louis settlement, according to Mike Florio from ProFootballTalk.
However, it’s possible the matter will be resolved between the team owners ‘without a real hearing’, Florio added.
The Rams’ move to Los Angeles wasn’t cheap, but at the time, team owner Stan Kroenke agreed to pay all legal fees associated with the move. These costs have accumulated.
In November 2021, the NFL and St. Louis agreed to settle a 2017 breach of contract lawsuit the city filed against the league over the Rams’ move to Los Angeles for $790 million. However, Kroenke attempted to waive payment, saying he was agreeing to pay the legal fees and not the settlement.
The Athletic’s Daniel Kaplan reported in May that the NFL had “quietly” taken $7.5 million from each team, a total of $232.5 million, to help pay the settlement. It’s unclear whether the teams will get that money back.
According to Florio, the NFL withheld approximately $250 million in distributions that would have gone to the league’s 31 other teams.
The Rams officially announced they would move to Los Angeles in 2015, and the move took place ahead of the 2016 campaign.
In 2014, Goodell said he was unaware of any plans by Kroenke to move the team to Los Angeles and build a new stadium. However, Austin Huguelet, Joel Currier and Katie Kull from St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in May that Goodell knew about Kroenke’s plans “long before” then.
The Rams began their tenure in Los Angeles playing at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and eventually moved into their current home, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., after construction was completed in 2020.
Since arriving in Los Angeles, the team has reached two Super Bowls. They captured the title last season with a 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at their home stadium.