Missouri House committee will analyze stadium benefits

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri lawmakers will examine the economic costs and benefits of having an NFL team in the state.

Missouri House Speaker John Diehl said Wednesday he’s asked the Government Oversight and Accountability committee to analyze past and future benefits the state gets from having the Rams in Missouri, and the costs, as well as the cost of the stadium, if the team leaves.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke is part of a joint venture building a stadium near Los Angeles, and the Rams in January went year-to-year on the lease of the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

Diehl says hypotheticals about the costs of the stadium if the Rams should leave and possible state or local incentives to keep the team in St. Louis cannot be answered until information is gathered.