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Rams, league settle lawsuit over team’s relocation for $790 million

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Nov 24 (Reuters) – The metropolis and county of St. Louis and different events have agreed to settle for $790 million a dispute over whether or not the NFL violated its relocation pointers when it allowed the Rams to maneuver to Los Angeles in 2016.

The settlement settlement was reached with Rams proprietor Stan Kroenke and the National Football League, town stated in an announcement on Wednesday.

NFL house owners voted overwhelmingly to allow the transfer in 2016, ending the league’s 21-year absence within the United States’ second-largest TV market.

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The relocation, nevertheless, broke the hearts of Midwest soccer followers who adopted the staff because it moved to St. Louis in 1995.

“This historic agreement closes a long chapter for our region, securing hundreds of millions of dollars for our communities while avoiding the uncertainty of the trial and appellate process,” Mayor Tishaura O. Jones stated in an announcement.

The metropolis had argued in a civil lawsuit that the lack of the Rams damage the area and benefited the league and its house owners, who obtained a $550 million relocation charge.

An NFL spokesman confirmed the settlement and stated “we appreciate the effort by all parties to reach a settlement and thank Judge Jack Garvey for his service as mediator.”

The Rams didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The staff, which gained the Super Bowl whereas taking part in for St. Louis in 2000, shares the $5 billion SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, with the Los Angeles Chargers – who beforehand performed in San Diego.

The facility, the primary new soccer stadium constructed for Los Angeles in almost a century, opened a yr in the past.

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Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru, Amy Tennery and Karen Pierog; Editing by Toby Chopra and Toby Davis

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