by Fitzgerald Cecilio
St. Louis, MO
The St. Louis Rams will have to find another home after the St. Louis Convention and Visitor's Commission said it will not spend $700 million to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome into a top-level NFL facility.
In a letter, St. Louis CVC president Kathleen Ratcliffe informed Rams executive vice president of football operations Kevin Demoff that CVC is not in a position to commit regarding the financing of such improvements.
Also, the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority, headed by James Shrewsbury, informed Demoff that the state of Missouri and the county of St. Louis have concluded that it would not be prudent to implement the Dome improvements.
With this, the Rams' lease on the Dome is now year-to-year and that the team would be free to leave St. Louis after the 2014 season.
Sources said that the Rams are negotiating with the state of Missouri over a possible new stadium for the NFL team.
"All talks about a possible new stadium and who will pay for it will be taking place between Missouri governor Jay Nixon and Rams owner Stan Kroenke," a source said.
However, no direct talks between the two have taken place. The Rams, for their part, have no comment on the report.