(FootballStL) - The next 60 days could dictate the Rams future in St. Louis
When Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon spoke to reporters during his teleconference on Weds morning, he unveiled a 60 day plan to try to keep the Rams in St. Louis.
Nixon brought in two heavy hitters from the St. Louis community to help lead the effort in finding options in this frustrating struggle for a stadium solution. Former Anheuser-Busch President Dave Peacock and prominent attorney Bob Blitz bring strength and credibility to the process.
While stressing that St. Louis is an "NFL city", Nixon said he is looking for results by January 28, which is the deadline for the Rams to convert their expiring lease at the Edward Jones Dome to a year to year deal.
"I just think the NFL understands that we are very serious here," said Nixon. "We are prepared to look at serious options to make sure we stay an NFL city. I think they respect the seriousness we are undertaking this next phase of this important enterprise".
The Rams released the following statement Wednesday evening:
We have spoken with the governor’s office and we will meet with the task force.
Peacock worked directly with the NFL on advertising and marketing for the brewery, while Blitz was part of the legal team that helped bring the Rams to St. Louis in 1995.
Nixon described the situation as "complicated" because many questions remain.
Where will the funding come from? How much will it cost? Where will the stadium be built? Lots of questions, and very few answers.
Even if the Rams eventually leave St. Louis, NFL rules on relocation dictate that teams are obligated to work in good faith to trying to resolve stalemates with their city.
By getting the ball moving on a possible new stadium in St. Louis, Nixon definitely has the region playing on offense.