The 2016 NFL season was not only a roller coaster for the Los Angeles Rams organization and their relocation to Los Angeles, but also the team itself. While facing backlash from the city of St. Louis, their 4-12 record didn’t exactly create much promise.
Head coach Jeff Fisher, who was with the St. Louis organization during the relocation, was promptly fired towards the end of the season. Insert new head coach Sean McVay, the youngest head coach in the NFL, with a former No. 1 overall pick and newly implemented offensive-minded scheme.
Once the initial relocation was filed, it official put an end to their 21-year tenure in St. Louis and reunited the Rams with the city they once resided in. However, St. Louis had to say farewell to their beloved team, with just the St. Louis Cardinals (MLB), St. Louis Blues (NHL) and Saint Louis FC (USL) left behind in regards to professional franchises.
Although the Rams played their initial season in Los Angeles, the city of St. Louis and the county still stings over the loss. In fact, they made headlines today by announcing their intentions to sue the NFL and all 32 teams involved in the relocation process, via Jim Thomas of Stltoday.com:
“The Rams, the NFL, through its member teams, and the owners have violated the obligations and standards governing team relocations” because the Rams failed to meet league relocation rules, the suit claims. As such, the league has breached its contractual duties owed the plaintiffs, the suit says.
Not only did the city of St. Louis get involved, but also the county, the regional convention and Sports Complex Authority. They allude to how the Rams and the NFL were making false statements in order to unjustly enrich their side of the scenario, which in-turn harmed business expectations.
While the players and coaches are caught in the middle of this scenario, the organization did not respond with a public statement. When alluding to the case, there were five counts, or causes for action. Firstly was the breach of contract, followed the aforementioned unjust enrichment.
They also claimed there was fraudulent misrepresentation, against all defendants, Stan Kroenke and the Rams (two counts). The last count had to do with the interference with business expectancy. This unforeseen event surely will put a damper in terms of offseason headlines for the Rams, but also has very little to do with the product on the field.