Deal finalized to divide Rams settlement money in St. Louis

Nov 30, 2022, 1:41 PM | Updated: 2:04 pm
FILE - Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke is shown before an NFL football game between the Arizona...

FILE - Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke is shown before an NFL football game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. Representatives of St. Louis, St. Louis County and the authority that owns The Dome at America’s Center have reached a tentative agreement dividing up the $519 million remaining in settlement money from the lawsuit over the NFL Rams’ relocation.(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A plan to divide more than a half-billion dollars in settlement money for the departure of the NFL’s Rams from St. Louis received final approval Wednesday.

The board of the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Authority, which owns the domed stadium where the Rams played before leaving for Los Angeles in 2016, approved an agreement announced Nov. 22.

The city of St. Louis will receive $250 million, St. Louis County will get $169 million and the RSA will receive $70 million. Another $30 million will help pay for an expansion of the America’s Center convention center, which is attached to the dome. Although the dome is in the city of St. Louis, county taxpayers helped pay for it.

St. Louis interests sued the league and Rams owner Stan Kroenke after NFL owners approved the team’s move to Los Angeles in 2016. They sought more than $1 billion in damages.

A $790 million settlement was reached in November 2021. About $275 million went to attorney fees. That left $512 million, and interest brought the total to around $519 million.

The suit claimed the NFL violated its own relocation guidelines, and that the league and the Rams enriched themselves at the expense of the community they abandoned.

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Deal finalized to divide Rams settlement money in St. Louis