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Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 8:00 am | Updated: 8:26 am, Wed Feb 12, 2014.

No one in the St. Louis area, or the state of Missouri for that matter, should be impartial about the Rams leaving town, whether you’re a fan or not.

The NFL is by far, the most popular professional sport in the United States. The television ratings prove that every year. The league generates $9 billion in revenue per year.

There are only 32 teams in the NFL, and St. Louis has one of them. We have one of only 32 pieces of gold that exist. Shouldn’t we cherish that?

The Rams organization does a ton of community work not only in St. Louis, but throughout the state.

During the fall and winter seasons, when the Cardinals are in the offseason, Downtown St. Louis relies on the Rams to keep businesses going with the fans they bring in.

If the Rams leave town, those businesses will be crushed and may not survive.

Many people have full-time and part-time employment with the Rams, not to mention internship opportunities, whether it’s at Rams Park or the Edward Jones Dome.

What about the folks who run the parking facilities or sell you popcorn and soda at the game?

Having said all of that, I don’t think the Rams will move to Los Angeles.

As a matter of fact, I think 10 years from now, the Rams will have a new stadium somewhere in the St. Louis area.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke made news recently with the purchase of 60 acres of land in Los Angeles.

That transaction made many Rams fans in St. Louis nervous.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about Kroenke’s purchase during his annual State of the League address at the Super Bowl. Here’s what he said:

“Stan is a very successful developer. He has billions of dollars in projects around the country of real-estate development. I think, instead of overreacting, we should make sure we do what’s necessary to continue to support the team locally, which the fans have done in St. Louis. And make sure we can do whatever we can to make sure that team is successful in the St. Louis market.”

Goodell told Rich Eisen of the NFL Network that Kroenke “hasn’t determined what he’s going to do with that property, and how he’s going to develop it.”

Personally, I think Kroenke made the purchase as a bargaining chip with the city of St. Louis and the state of Missouri. He wants a new stadium. He doesn’t want to continue to play in the Edward Jones Dome. He’s saying to the city and state, “If you don’t give me a stadium, I’ll just build one in LA.” It’s a game of poker and Kroenke made a big move.

Deep down inside, Kroenke probably would like to move the Rams to Los Angeles, but I don’t think he will.

The NFL would slap a healthy relocation fee on Kroenke if he decides to pull a Bill Bidwell and skip town. The NFL exacts their relocation fee based on how much a team’s value increases by moving to a new market. Needless to say, it will cost Kroenke a large chunk of change.

The Rams can break their lease with the Dome following the 2014 season if it’s not a “top-tier” facility. The organization wants $700 million for renovations, knowing full well that’s not going to happen. The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, which runs the Dome, offered $124 million for renovations, which the Rams rejected.

Obviously, renovation negotiations for the Dome are going nowhere.

A new stadium seems more likely.

Talk of a new stadium would generate a debate about the mix of public and private money that would be needed.

Realistically, no city these days wants to build a new stadium with public money. It’s going to take private money raised by the Rams and the NFL.

I’m not privy to all of the specifics to keep the Rams in town. All I can say is I hope Kroenke and the Rams can work things out with city and state officials.

In the end, we need to retain this valuable and rare piece of gold.

The Rams are going to have a new stadium. The only question is will it be in St. Louis or Los Angeles?

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Friday, Aug. 29

Washington at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Union at Borgia     7 p.m.

St. Clair at Ozark    7 p.m.

Potosi at Pacific    7 p.m.

Cuba at Hermann    7 p.m.

Blair Oaks at Owensville    7 p.m.

Houston at St. James    7 p.m.

Troy at Warrenton    7 p.m.

Wright City at Orchard Farm    7 p.m.

Volleyball

Friday, Aug. 22

@Neosho Co def. ECC, 26-24, 25-14, 25-23

Marquette def. Washington 25-19, 25-20

@ECC def. Labette, 25-15, 13-15, 25-20, 25-18

Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. St. Louis Panthers    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23

@ECC vs. Fort Scott    11 a.m.

@ECC vs. Pratt    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Windsor Tny    TBA

Monday, Aug. 25

Steelville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Pacific at Seckman    4:15 p.m.

Union at Potosi    5 p.m.

Washington at Francis Howell C    5 p.m.

Pacific at Farmington    5 p.m.

New Haven at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Bourbon    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Central Methodist JV at ECC    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Notre Dame at Borgia, 5 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    5 p.m.

Battle at Union    5:30 p.m.

Hermann at Jefferson City    5:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Linn at Owensville    6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Softball

Friday, Aug. 22

Rolla at St. James    7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23

New Haven Tournament    8 a.m.

Lutheran South at Sullivan    10 a.m.

Union Tournament

Union Sports Complex

G1 Washington 21, St. Clair 0

G2 Pacific 15, Liberty 3

G3 Farmington 15, Union 0

G4 Park Hills Central 4, Borgia 2

G5 Liberty 6, St. Clair 5

G6 Union 9, Borgia 2

G7 Washington 5, Pacific 4

G8 Farmington 5, Park Hills Central 2

Consolation — Union vs. Liberty Postponed due to heat

Seventh Place — Borgia 16, St. Clair 0

Championship — Farmington 5, Washington 0

Third Place — Park Hills Central 7, Pacific 6

Monday, Aug. 25

*Notre Dame at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

Union 14, Rolla 7

New Haven at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Salem    4:30 p.m.

Belle at Owensville    5 p.m.

Sullivan at Westminster Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Warrenton at Union    6 p.m.

Duchesne at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Steelville at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

Vienna at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Wright City at St. Clair    6 p.m.

New Bloomfield at New Haven    5 p.m.

Hermann at Montgomery Co    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt N at Washington    4:30 p.m.

Bourbon at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Linn    4:30 p.m.

Fulton St. Albans at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 29

Pacific at Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    4:30 p.m.

Belle at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Battle Tny    TBA

Boys Soccer

Friday, Aug. 22

Crosspoint at ER    4:30 p.m.

Festus at Union PPD, Rescheduled for Oct. 13

#Washington 2, Bishop DuBourg 1

Fulton SA at Rock Bridge Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 23

#Rockwood Summit 8, Washington 0

Fulton SA at Rock Bridge Tny    TBA

Sunday, Aug. 24

Heartland at ECC    1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

*Union at St. James    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Fredericktown    5 p.m.

Pacific at Hillsboro    5 p.m.

Sullivan at SLUH    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Borgia at Union    7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Union at De Soto    5 p.m.

Pacific at North County    5 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5 p.m.

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:15 p.m.

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

Mississippi Valley at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

ECC at McKendree JV    7 p.m.

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Pky W/Northwest Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Friday, Aug. 22

Sullivan at Fleet Feet Inv    4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

Borgia at Parkway Central Inv    TBA

Friday, Aug. 29

St. Clair at First Capitol Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

Washington at Lafayette Inv    9 a.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Aug. 25

Washington at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 26

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 28

*Borgia at Kennedy    TBA

Boys Swimming

Friday, Aug. 29

Borgia, Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E Inv    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

@Fort Scott Tournament

#Parkway West/Northwest Tournament

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