St. Louis City Board of Aldermen President Lewis E. Reed has sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell asking the league to pay off the $36 million in remaining debt on the Jones Dome now that the Rams are moving to Los Angeles:
Let’s be clear about one thing: This is never ever ever ever ever going to happen. Reed’s predecessors in public office signed a horrible deal agreeing to build a stadium for the Rams while letting the team move out before it was paid off if they wanted to (and could show it was no longer “state of the art,” which was always going to be a formality), so if Goodell replies to this in any way other than ineffectually trying to stifle a guffaw with the back of his hand, every human on earth, including Reed himself, will be stunned.
That said, as a way of publicly shaming the NFL by saying, “Guys, we built you a stadium, then you yanked our team away before we’d even paid the last installments, you suck,” it’s fine enough. Or would be if the NFL had any capacity for shame. Maybe it’ll at least get St. Louis some public expressions of sympathy.