Bring back the Los Angeles Rams has a familiar ring to it, just like the recent campaign to bring back the Hartford Whalers. A recent Facebook page has taken hold called Bring Back the Los Angeles Rams. With over 3200 likes on Facebook, the group is hoping that the Rams become the franchise expected to move to Los Angeles when Farmers Field opens in God knows when (Actually 2016 if construction begins on time). In fact, it has been reported that the Memorandum of Understanding between the City and AEG requires that a contract to bring a team to Los Angeles be put into place PRIOR to construction, which means that if construction were to begin on time, a team would need to relocate to LA in time for the 2012 Season.
But the Rams might be the most viable choice – over the Minnesota Vikings, the Jacksonvill Jaguars, the Oakland Raiders and event the San Diego Chargers.
Interestingly enough, the City of St. Louis must provide the Rams with a stadium improvement plan (including how the plan will be financed) by February 2, 2012 in order to comply with the lease provisions that were negotiated between teh parties when the team moved into St Louis back in 1995. Presuming the Rams reject the plan, the team must put forth a counter proposal to the plan by May 1, 2012. And if the counterproposal is rejected by the City (who would have to find a way to pay for it – no way it’s approved in this economic climate), then the parties go to arbitration with the likely result being a voiding of the Lease with the City. Now of course the sides would have to negotiate in good faith, and the City of St Louis could stall discussions so a move to LA is not in the bag already, but you have to admit that the timing works out pretty well for an LA move.
That would make at least 3200 people very happy.