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Rams in London violates dome lease, makes potential LA move interesting

Thursday, November 26, 2015 8:22:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

The Rams' relationship with the city of St. Louis seems to be getting more awkward by the day. A few hours after the NFL announced that the Rams would be playing in London next year, the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC) threw some cold water on those plans.

According to the CVC, if the Rams play in London in 2016, that would violate the terms of the lease that the team has to use the Edward Jones Dome for home games.

First, the fact that they're violating the lease might not even matter next year if the team is in Los Angeles. As the CVC notes, the Rams are on a year-to-year lease and can leave St. Louis after this season.

However, the team has to inform the CVC by Jan. 28 if they're going in St. Louis and if they do stay, they'll be in violation of their lease.

On the other hand, the CVC could play hardball, knowing that the Rams are in an awkward situation, a situation that will only get more awkward if the NFL hasn't approved any teams to move to Los Angeles by the the CVC's Jan. 28 deadline.

If the Rams do move to LA, the London game doesn't send a great message to the potential new fan base. The NFL would basically be taking a home game away from its newest city, which wouldn't seem to make much sense.

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