NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made it clear he’d welcome a reunion between the Los Angeles Rams and the St. Louis Rams if they can come to an agreement.
The NFL has not yet said whether the Rams or St. Mary’s could meet up with the Washington Redskins in 2019.
But Goodell said during an interview with NFL Network’s Stephen A. Smith that he would be open.
“We have been involved in these things for a long time, and I think it would be interesting to see where this goes,” Goodell said.
“I would be happy to see that happen.
But it would have to be a good thing for the league to come back to play in St. Pete, and then the league can start looking at other options.”
St. Marys owner James W. Staggs Jr. said in a statement that he’s confident that the Rams will meet up, but that he remains disappointed in the lack of progress made.
“It is clear to me that the NFL has failed in its responsibility to St. Michael’s, to our city and the city of St. Paul,” Stagg’s statement read.
“The St. Marshes and the NFL are now the latest and largest players in the ongoing struggle between St. Peter’s and St. Luke’s, and Stagg and his investors deserve better than this.”
While Stagg has not offered a statement, St. Joe’s president John McDonough tweeted that he has been in contact with Stagg.
“This is not good news for our city,” McDonogh tweeted.
“We are disappointed to hear this news.
St. Rams fans have been the backbone of St Pete and the surrounding communities for many years.
We are hopeful that St. Martin’s will see the good in the St Pete community and move forward in a positive direction.”
Stagg has invested $1.6 billion in the Rams since they were purchased by the Stetsons in 2011.
The deal, which included naming rights to the new stadium, has been a key factor in the team’s success.
The Stetson family has made more than $300 million in investment in the NFL.
The Rams were the first professional sports franchise to be sold to the Stills.
The team’s future in St Petersburg was uncertain when it moved from Los Angeles in 2011 and then in 2017, when the Stils moved back to their hometown of St Petersburg.