Like the rest of the country, I sat down on this Saturday afternoon to watch the first two games of the Wildcard round of the NFL Playoffs. As the Chiefs handled the Texans I periodically checked Twitter like I usually do. Then I saw this:
I wasn’t immediately concerned. Farmer, of the LA Times, hasn’t always been the most neutral voice in this NFL-LA situation.
Published this afternoon, the story claims the NFL sent out a 48-page report to all of the league’s teams.
Oh really? What was wrong with St. Louis’ proposal?
The St. Louis Stadium Task Force didn’t decide to give themselves $100 million more of the NFL’s money. Here’s an article by Scott M. Reid on the Orange County Register’s website on December 15.
A few days later Goodell sent this letter saying the extra $100 million hasn’t been promised to the stadium project. This letter came just before the St. Louis Aldermen were to vote on the final stadium financing plan. From a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article:
Click here to read Bernie’s more indepth analysis of Goodell’s letter at that time.
So what does this all mean? Does this supposed ‘report’ Farmer references, but can’t publish, put an end to the St. Louis Stadium Plan as it currently stands?
I guess that question will be answered this week. I would urge Rams fans to not overreact until we can read the full report.
What bothers me is that the NFL seems to be using this extra $100 million as their scapegoat. They may think they can use this excuse to push the #STLNFL stadium proposal out of this week’s debates.
One could see this as being promised a car & counting on that car just to have it taken away from you and later being called a car thief. But then again, Goodell’s letter was designed so that the NFL wouldn’t have to answer these questions. Still, did they originally offer this money to St. Louis with this in mind?
“Hey, let’s offer them this money, remind them that it’s not promised so that we can’t be held accountable, and then use it as an excuse to call their plan inadequate down the road.”
The NFL continues to be an absolute joke with zero accountability.
This week a decision may finally be made and the saga may come to an end. The NFL could either cement its position as the most crooked league in the world, or follow its own rules and give St. Louis the fair shot that it more than deserves.
That’s all for now. I’ll do my best to continue these updates as the decision approaches. I’ve been following this situation from the very beginning.
Thanks for reading…
UPDATE: 7:15 p.m.
The St. Louis Stadium Task Force released their response to today’s report.
Also, BleacherReport claimed (originally reported by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports) that Jerry Jones has proposed an ownership vote to send the Rams to L.A. with the Chargers. No surprise here. Just one greedy owner helping another greedy owner without any concern for what is best for the league. Two owners that care about money and self worth more than the product on the field. Disgusting.