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With Kroenke as owner, will the Rams be moving?

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(KMOV) -- Speculation and rumors about the future of the Rams is swirling after Stan Kroenke was allowed to buy St. Louis’ football franchise.

Will they demand a new stadium? Will they threaten to leave town? Nothing is for sure, but Rams fans are crossing their fingers, getting out their rabbit’s feet and eating Lucky Charms: anything to swerve things in St. Louis’ favor.

The Rams will have the option of moving if the Edward Jones Dome is not in the top 25 percent of league facilities by 2015.

There probably won’t be a lot of new, taxpayer funded initiatives to lure the Rams away from St. Louis, but Kroenke is a developer. There has been speculation that he could push for a new stadium. That stadium could be in St. Louis county, near Earth City or even Illinois.

Sports economist Patrick Rishe said moving the stadium out of the city is not likely.

“I don’t think St. Louisans want to go to the suburbs to watch professional sports,” Rishe said. “I think we’re accustomed to watching it downtown, so I don’t think that’s an option. Geographically that’s an option, but logistically I don’t think it will be a reality.”

A big fear is that the Rams would move to Los Angeles. There isn’t a modern stadium in the city, and Kroenke probably won’t put up the money for a billion dollar stadium.

In the mean time, the Rams are still in St. Louis, and still in the dome. Negotiations about how to improve the stadium will start in February of 2012.

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