Los Angeles Times

Rams agree to pay St. Louis

Parties agree to pay $790 million to St. Louis over team’s relocation in 2016.

- By Bill Shaikin

The team along with the NFL reaches a $790-million settlement over its relocation to L.A.

The Rams and the NFL agreed Wednesday to pay $790 million to settle a lawsuit over the team’s departure from St. Louis, enabling Rams owner Stan Kroenke and the league to avoid the spectacle of a St. Louis trial next month, just before the Super Bowl at Kroenke’s showcase stadium in Inglewood.

Under the terms of the settlement, St. Louis gets the money no later than Dec. 24, with Kroenke and the league left to decide how much of the payment should be allocated to the Rams and how much to the NFL and other owners.

The lawsuit, filed in 2017, alleged that the Rams’ 2016 move from St. Louis to Los Angeles violated the NFL’s relocation policy, under which the team and the league should have made every reasonable effort to keep the team in St. Louis. The settlement specifical­ly says no party acknowledg­es any liability, a critical need for the NFL since Oakland has sued the league on similar grounds over the Raiders’ departure. Oakland lost, but an appeal is pending.

The Rams made no immediate comment Wednesday. The league said in a statement it appreciate­d “the effort by all parties to reach a settlement.”

In a joint statement, the mayor of the city of St. Louis and the executive of the county of St. Louis said the settlement “closes a long chapter for our region, securing hundreds of millions of dollars for our communitie­s while avoiding the uncertaint­y of the trial and appellate process.” They said they were “still determinin­g ” what to do with the money.

The settlement does not include an expansion team for St. Louis. The settlement provides that 35% of the payment — $276.5 million — be awarded to the attorneys

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