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St. Louis authorities have agreed to settle the 2017 lawsuit they filed against the NFL over the Rams' relocation to Los Angeles for $790 million.
The financial settlement, announced by St. Louis mayor Tishaura O. Jones and county executive Sam Page on Wednesday, ensures the league and Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke will avoid the potential spectacle of a jury trial, which had been scheduled to begin Jan. 10 – weeks before Los Angeles is set to host Super Bowl 56.
"This historic agreement 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," Jones and Page said in a statement.
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The New York Times reported that Kroenke, 74, is expected to finance most or all of the settlement. Forbes estimates Kroenke's net worth at $10.7 billion.
"We appreciate the effort by all parties to reach a settlement and thank Judge Jack Garvey for his service as mediator," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement.
Wednesday's resolution comes more than four years after the city and county of St. Louis and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority filed suit against the NFL and its 32 teams. They alleged that the Rams and the league violated relocation protocols and breached their contract with the city when Kroenke moved the team to Los Angeles in 2016.
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In the years since, the league has suffered a string of losses in the case – including unsuccessful attempts to get the lawsuit dismissed or moved outside of St. Louis.
It has also seen some unflattering material come to light in the discovery process – including a goodbye letter from the Rams to the city that was circulated internally as the "AMF letter" – as in "adios, mother (expletive)."
Multiple NFL officials, including commissioner Roger Goodell, and team owners were also deposed in connection with the lawsuit, and a judge had required several owners to turn over personal financial information ahead of the scheduled trial.
Washington University in St. Louis sports business professor Patrick Rishe described the settlement in a statement as "a landmark decision in the business of sports."
"When this lawsuit began four years ago, I think most people in the sports industry and elsewhere thought it would be a joke. Probably thought it was sour grapes," said Rishe, the director of the sports business program at the university's Olin Business School.
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"So in that light, a settlement of $790 million is not only extraordinarily substantial, it’s truly unprecedented."
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch first reported the terms of the settlement Wednesday morning.
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32. Lions (previously: 31): Now that Houston's latest victory has all but secured the No. 1 pick of the 2022 draft for Detroit, will the Lions reach for one of the quarterback prospects? Or play it safe by snagging another Oregon product, DE Kayvon Thibodeaux in this case?
25. Falcons (25): They were the first team in 21 years to have three quarterbacks serve up an interception in the same game. Matt Ryan's still the only one to throw a TD pass this year, but he hasn't done that in nearly nine quarters.
24. Seahawks (23): QB Russell Wilson has lost three in a row for the first time in his 10-season NFL career after a record 150 consecutive starts without such ignominy. Frustrated coach Pete Carroll is prematurely walking out of press conferences. Just feels like this is an organization fraying at the seams.
19. Panthers (17): Really need their next two games (at Miami, Atlanta) if they're going to be relevant during season's final month. Good thing QB Cam Newton and RB Christian McCaffrey have baked-in chemistry as both try to navigate an offense neither has played in much.
18. Eagles (21): They're now the No. 1 rushing team in the NFC (153.4 yards per game) and no longer have a goose egg in the win column at Lincoln Financial Field. Fortunately, their next two are in New Jersey against the lowly Giants and Jets -- a golden opportunity to vault Philadelphia into wild-card position.
17. Steelers (13): No team has a tougher seven-game lineup left on its schedule, none of Pittsburgh's remaining opponents owning a losing record. OLB T.J. Watt and S Minkah Fitzpatrick can't return soon enough.
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16. 49ers (19): They're lying in the weeds after beating the Rams on a Monday night before securing a win in Jacksonville despite a 1 p.m. ET kickoff and a cross-country flight during a short week. Sunday's home date with Minnesota could have major playoff ramifications.
15. Bengals (15): Only two road games left for a team that's rebounded into the AFC's top wild-card slot. And comforting to know what a deadeye rookie K Evan McPherson is after he drilled three FGs from 50+ yards, a team record, in Sunday's walkover at Las Vegas.
13. Chargers (12): In yet another remarkable performance Sunday night, QB Justin Herbert became the first player in the Super Bowl era to pass for 350 yards and rush for 90 in the same game. And he's definitely breaking the mold for the Bolts, who'd never had a QB run for at least 90 in the team's 62-season history.
12. Bills (6): Scrutiny on a struggling crew was already building, and now Buffalo will have to figure out its issues on a national stage -- their next two games on Thanksgiving night (at New Orleans) and a Monday nighter against New England in Week 13 ... preceding a road trip to Tampa.
10. Colts (16): RB Jonathan Taylor’s ascendance into NFL superstar -- he just became the fifth player in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to collect 200 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns in one game -- occurs just as HBO's cameras began rolling to document "Hard Knocks" during the regular season for the first time.
10. Vikings (11): Even QB Kirk Cousins is looking for room on Minnesota's bandwagon. Not much room on the Cousins bandwagon either, Pro Football Focus justifiably ranking him as the league's second-best passer after Sunday's upset of Green Bay, in part due to his 0.5% interception rate.
9. Ravens (9): They're holding steady at No. 2 in the conference even if they've been fortunate to split the last four contests. Now AFC North leaders enter crucial stretch as they face each of their formidable divisional foes over the next three weeks.
7. Titans (3): The absence of RB Derrick Henry was bound to hurt eventually, but give them credit for what they’ve overcome from a personnel perspective. Tennessee has played a league-high 82 players this season, eight more than any other team.
6. Patriots (8): You can question how many quality wins they have, but when you're beating NFL competition by an aggregate 94-13 score over a three-week period, that speaks volumes. Their next four games are against Tennessee, Buffalo (twice) and Indianapolis, a stretch that should put New England into clearer perspective.
5. Cowboys (2): Losers of two of their past three and incredibly beaten up going into a short Thanksgiving week against Las Vegas. The good news is Dallas' adversity has come against AFC West competition, which should limit any damage suffered on the tiebreaker front.
3. Packers (1): So for their upcoming date with the Rams, Green Bay won't have OL Elgton Jenkins (torn ACL) or LT David Bakhtiari (ACL recovery) as QB Aaron Rodgers tries to evade DT Aaron Donald and OLB Von Miller while on a bum toe. Nothing to see here.
1. Cardinals (4): Give them their flowers as the league's lone nine-win team reclaims the top spot for the second time in the past four weeks. Give them a full bouquet as the league's only 6-0 road team -- all those victories coming by double-digit margins. Yet if Arizona can maintain its current position, as QB Kyler Murray (ankle) and WR DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) continue to heal into the bye week, the Cards won't have to leave the desert after Jan. 2.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NFL, St. Louis reach $790 million settlement in Rams relocation lawsuit
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