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The Latest: NFL says no basis for suit over Rams’ departure

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit filed over the Rams’ departure from St. Louis (all times local):

3 p.m.

The National Football League says there is “no legitimate basis” for a lawsuit filed over the Rams’ 2016 relocation from St. Louis to Los Angeles.

The city of St. Louis, St. Louis County and the region’s sports authority filed suit Wednesday, naming the NFL and all 32 teams as defendants. The suit, filed in St. Louis, seeks unspecified but “extensive” damages and restitution.

The lawsuit alleges the Rams failed to meet league relocation rules when leaving for Los Angeles before last season, constituting a contractual breach with St. Louis.

But NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says the league worked diligently with local and state officials in a process he calls “honest and fair.”

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1 p.m.

The city of St. Louis and that region’s sports authority are suing the National Football League over the Rams’ relocation to Los Angeles.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in St. Louis Circuit Court also names the NFL’s 32 teams as defendants and seeks unspecified damages and restitution.

The lawsuit alleges the Rams failed to meet league relocation rules when leaving for Los Angeles before last season, constituting a contractual breach with St. Louis.

The NFL did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

The lawsuit alleges that 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. In total, the city will have lost more than $100 million in net proceeds.

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