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The four-year lawsuit against the Rams and NFL for the team’s relocation to Los Angeles is coming to an end. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a settlement with the city of St. Louis has been reached.
It’s for $790 million and an official announcement is expected to be made on Wednesday morning after lawyers notify the 32 NFL owners first.
The Post-Dispatch reports the settlement does not include an expansion team for St. Louis, which was something the city was hoping for after the Rams left to move to Los Angeles.
It’s also unclear how much of the $790 million will be paid by Rams owner Stan Kroenke, though he was previously expected to pay tens of millions of dollars in this suit.
The lawsuit was filed against Kroenke, the Rams and the NFL in 2017 after the Rams moved to Los Angeles, arguing that they breached their agreement and were misleading throughout the decision to relocate the franchise.
It’s somewhat surprising to see St. Louis settle before going to trial, which was set for Jan. 10 – especially considering the agreement doesn’t include an expansion team for the franchise.