The Rams recently settled a lawsuit with former home city St Louis but when did they move back to LA and why did they move in the first place?
It’s not uncommon for sports franchises to move their home base, with the Rams NFL team one such example. They started out as the Cleveland Rams, before leaving Ohio in 1945 for Los Angeles.
The franchise later spent 20 years with its home base in St Louis, Missouri, before returning to LA.
But why did they move to St Louis in the first place, when did they move back to LA, and what’s a lawsuit with St Louis got to do with things?
Let’s take a look:
Rams uprooted to Missouri
In 1995, the Rams were owned by Georgia Frontiere – a St Louis-native. The philanthropist opted to uproot the team and move it cross-country to Missouri amid a downturn in fortunes.
A new stadium and guaranteed ticket sales were the main drivers behind the decision – and it worked a treat. In 1999, the Rams won their only Super Bowl to date, against the Tennessee Titans.
Two years later, they lost to the New England Patriots in the championship game.
But on Frontiere’s death in 2008, the franchise was bought outright by Stan Kroneke – already minority owner.
When did the Rams move back to LA?
After the 2015 season ended, Kroenke moved the franchise back out of St Louis, returning them to Los Angeles and California.
They soon moved into to a new stadium, which opened in 2020.
It was this decision that prompted St Louis to file a lawsuit – which has only recently been settled.
St Louis tried to accommodate the Rams – the economic damage of losing an NFL team foremost in the city leaders’ mind.
The NFL and the Rams have agreed to pay $790 million, ensuring the citizens of St Louis have funds to spend how they wish.
Under Kroenke, who also owns soccer team Arsenal in the English Premier League, the Rams have made the play-offs three times.
They also won the 2018 NFC conference championship, sending them to Super Bowl LIII in February 2019. In a tight game, the team just lost out to the Patriots 13-3.
After 11 games of the 2021 season, the Rams are 7-4 for the season and currently sit second in the NFC West under coach Sean McVey.