NFL settles St. Louis lawsuit over Rams’ move to Los Angeles for $ 790 million

The NFL and the City of St. Louis have agreed to a $ 790 million settlement following a lawsuit filed in 2017 after the Rams moved to Los Angeles, a source with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed to ESPN.

The settlement does not include the NFL’s promise to grant St. Louis an expansion franchise in the future, but the idea has not been seriously discussed, the source told ESPN.

It was not immediately clear what portion of the settlement would be paid by Rams owner Stan Kroenke versus the league’s share.

The Rams moved to Los Angeles for the second time in franchise history in 2016 when Kroenke moved his team from St. Louis.

The lawsuit argued that the league had violated its own relocation guidelines adopted in 1984, misled the public about its plans to leave town, and cost the town millions of dollars. The league had lost many of its claims and had been denied a hearing in the United States Supreme Court.

The trial, which was in the discovery phase, was due to go to trial on January 10 – weeks before Kroenke’s SoFi Stadium hosted Super Bowl LVI on February 13.

The case had entangled the 32 teams and cost millions of dollars in legal fees, which were mostly covered by Kroenke under a compensation agreement he signed as part of the relocation. For some teams, the bills were up to eight figures.

The Rams moved from Los Angeles to St. Louis before the 1995 season, attracted in part by a new domed stadium built by taxpayers. Kroenke, a real estate billionaire and native of Missouri, was the minority owner of the team until he bought it in 2010, two years after the death of longtime majority owner Georgia Frontiere.

The Rams first moved to Los Angeles from Cleveland in 1946.

News of the colony was first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

ESPN’s Seth Wickersham and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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