The St. Louis Rams have announced they’ll be playing a game a year for the next three years in London, England. The team says playing in Europe three years in a row will make the team money and will raise the team’s profile. But does this mean the rams could end up re-locating to London eventually?
Rams owner Stan Kroenke already owns a team in London, professional soccer’s arsenal franchise. And the three year deal for games in London is co-incidentally the amount of time left on the rams lease at the Edward Jones dome.
The NFL has been playing games in London for 25 years. But this is the first time a single team would play there several years in a row. And these are home games. That means for the next three years, the Rams will only have seven games at the Edward Jones Dome each year, not the normal eight. Right after the announcement, the NLF’s head man for Europe told British television that bringing the Rams to London for three years is the first step in getting a long desired NFL franchise permanently in London.
Meanwhile, it’s only twelve days until the city makes its first offer to the Rams about updating the Dome. If the stadium isn’t one of the NLF’s top facilities, the team’s lease allows them to move from St. Louis at the end of the 2014 season.