Here we go again. As previously written here, no one knows - only Stan Kroenke knows - what the future of the Rams are in this great city of St. Louis. They could easily stay. A new or drastically renovated Edward Jones Dome could be on the horizon.
Or they could leave.
Should that happen, should Stan Kroenke actually take this franchise and leave St. Louis NFL-less yet again, this city won’t ever be the same. The NFL wouldn’t allow a team to come here for a third time. And it wouldn’t be a true professional sports town because of that.
We’d be a second tier sports city.
Sure, the Cardinals would remain. The Blues would still be here. Even the Billikens are emerging as a national program in college hoops.
But make no mistake about it. Professional football is the most popular sport in the United States and it’s really not even close. The NFL is a 32-city fraternity which is ultra-exclusive. St. Louis is a part of it right now; however, it may not be for long.
You can group every sports town in America into two groups. Those that have NFL teams and those that don’t.
It’s great St. Louis has the model MLB franchise which has won 11 World Series titles. It’s great St. Louis has another major professional sports team.
Take away the Rams, though, and it would be disastrous. Millions of dollars would be lost. Future Final Fours would be lost because, in effect, the city would obviously never get another great facility. And facilities are what attracts the NCAA for big time events.
Sundays would be ho-hum in the fall with no one having any allegiance to any team for the most part.
Could we recover? Sure. In the end the citizens of St. Louis would come to the conclusion it’s just sports and this isn’t a life and death situation. The city would survive in the literal sense.
But in the world of a big sports fan? St. Louis wouldn’t ever be the same again.