Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. St. Louis sues NFL, teams over Rams' move. As a result, the new league decided to form the St. Louis Blues. The Gunners posted a 5–2–1 record in 1931. The lawsuit, filed in St. Louis Circuit Court 15 months after the Rams left for L.A., names the league, all 32 teams and their owners. For the team's second season, Bullet Baker was named the team's new coach. But the lawsuit notes that after league owners approved the move in January 2016, Demoff told an interviewer that he recalled Kroenke calling him after inspecting the California property in 2013 and saying it was "an unbelievable site" for a football stadium. What about Cam Newton? Gunners GM Bud Yates was credited with founding the team. They won their first game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (now Steelers) 6–0, but lost the last two to the Detroit Lions (40–7) and the Green Bay Packers (21–14). As a result, the Gunners moved their home games to Sportsman's Park. The NFL conducted a survey of St. Louis and concluded that it was capable of supporting a team. This story originally appeared on FoxSports.com. (AP). "The Rams never intended to engage in good faith negotiations with St. Louis," the lawsuit says. Two of the team's losses that season came against NFL caliber opponents, the Cardinals, 20–7, and the Portsmouth Spartans, 12–0. The Inglewood stadium is expected to open in 2019. Legal Statement. The Gunners defeated their first NFL opponent, the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6–0. The lawsuit alleges that while the league has enriched itself and its teams with the move, St. Louis has lost an estimated $1.85 million to $3.5 million each year in amusement and ticket tax collections, as well as roughly $7.5 million in property taxes. The lawsuit notes that since St. Louis officials weren't aware a move was essentially a done deal, they spent millions developing plans for a new riverfront stadium project aimed at retaining the Rams. On August 17, the other owners decided to reject the Gunners bid to buy the Reds, probably because St. Louis was considered to be too remote from the rest of the clubs, most of which were in the Northeast, and yearly trips there would have increased travel expenses. By 1933, the team had been renamed the "St. Louis Gunners". Judging Week 7 overreactions: Should Mike McCarthy be on the hot seat? In 1931, the 128th Field Artillery of the Missouri National Guard, announced through its spokesman that it would sponsor a team for the upcoming football season. The NFL has allowed three teams to relocate in a little more than a year. The league’s 12 owners unanimously approved the move, ending their 62-year stay in Chicago. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. The team was able to play its rival, the Memphis Tigers, to a standoff in three games, St. Louis winning 6–0, Memphis winning 12–0, and the third game ending in a scoreless tie. Meanwhile, the Gunners declined membership in the minor league American Football League. St. Louis is joined in the lawsuit by St. Louis County and the region's sports authority. NFL Week 7 takeaways: Big days for Baker, Rodgers -- but not the Cowboys, It's time for these two-win Cowboys to make some bold changes, Tight end Evan Engram, Giants could both benefit from trade, How can the Eagles unlock Carson Wentz? Stan Kroenke, a real estate billionaire and native of Missouri, was minority owner of the team until purchasing it outright in 2010, two years after the death of longtime majority owner Georgia Frontiere. However, they lost to the NFL's Chicago Cardinals, 26–6. The Gunners ended their 1934 season with a 7–0 win over the Kansas City Blues. A spokesman for the league, Brian McCarthy, said it worked diligently with local and state officials in a process he calls "honest and fair.". For the couple that drew guns on St. Louis protesters, see, Defunct National Football League franchises, Detroit Heralds / Tigers / Panthers / Wolverines, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=St._Louis_Gunners&oldid=984225761, American football teams established in 1931, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 18 October 2020, at 23:05. However, on November 6, 1934, the NFL finally approved the sale of the Cincinnati Reds to St. Louis for $20,000 – $30,000. Dick Frahm, Babe Lyon, and Charley Malone were signed from the Washington Redskins. Market data provided by Factset. The lawsuit is among several filed over the Rams' departure. Meanwhile, Yates left the team for the season, for a position with the cross-town St. Louis Veterans. The new St. Louis football Cardinals were competitive for much of the 1960s. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. While most of the core of the team was kept intact, the Gunners brought in Dick Thornton and Mack Gladden from the University of Missouri. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. The team managed to defeat the Pirates again in a 10–0 rematch, but the game, scheduled while the Gunners were still playing independently, was subsequently ruled an exhibition. The Rams moved from Los Angeles to St. Louis before the 1995 season, lured in part by a new taxpayer-built domed stadium. The Rams said they do not comment on pending legal matters. Market data provided by Factset. The Gunners started their 1934 season, 5–0 against several semi-pro teams. St. Louis is suing the NFL and its teams over the Rams' move to Los Angeles, alleging a breach of contract has resulted in a net loss of more than $100 million. Future Hall-of-Famer Jimmy Conzelman, was named the team's first head coach. This year, however, it managed to defeat many of the NFL teams it faced. "In the years leading up to the Rams relocation request, Rams officials decided to move the team and confidentially determined that they would be interested in exploiting any opportunity to do so," the lawsuit states. This is significantly higher than how much the Rams were talked about across all of football … Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2016, file photo, The Los Angeles Rams take the field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a preseason NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Los Angeles. The official source for NFL news, video highlights, fantasy football, game-day coverage, schedules, stats, scores and more. The team had also managed to outscore its opponents 297–72. The city of St. Louis sued the NFL on over the Rams’ relocation to Los Angeles and is seeking $1 billion in damages, Reuters reported Wednesday. The NFL says there is "no legitimate basis" for the lawsuit. After the game, Cardinals captain, Ernie Nevers, called the Gunners the "best independent club we have ever faced." The suit claims that it wasn't long afterward that Kroenke began plotting a move, despite public comments from him and team executive Kevin Demoff that the Rams hoped to remain in St. Louis for the long term. Hashtags related to the Rams made up nearly 15% of the NFL-related hashtags used in St. Louis. Visit ESPN to view NFL team stats, schedules, rosters, depth charts and more A game against a second NFL team, the New York Giants, was scheduled but later canceled that season, to avoid conflict with another game involving a team of Notre Dame All-Stars. The Rams are playing at Memorial Coliseum until then. In February 2014, Kroenke bought land in Inglewood, California.
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