Goodell: We want franchises to stay in their markets
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell looks on prior to the start of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) By Elsa
PHOENIX, Ariz. (FootballSTL) -- Some encouraging words for St. Louis on Friday from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. He was speaking at his annual “state of the league” news conference at the Super Bowl site in Phoenix, Ariz. Goodell was short on specifics when asked about the efforts to keep the Rams in St. Louis, but said the team moving to Los Angeles is not a done deal.
“We want all of our franchises to stay in their current markets,” said Goodell. “That’s a shared responsibility, including stadium funding programs that we make available. We have worked with communities, including St. Louis. The St. Louis representatives seemed determined to build a stadium. That’s a positive development, and we look forward to working with them.”
Rams owner Stan Kroenke seems just as determined to build a new stadium in Los Angeles and move the team to Southern California. Goodell said Kroenke will not be able to do that without going through the NFL’s standard relocation procedures.
“The ownership takes very seriously the obligation for us all to vote on any serious matter, including the relocation of a franchise,” said Goodell. “There’s a relocation policy that is very clear. There have been no determinations of us going to Los Angeles, any particular team going to Los Angeles, or going to any particular stadium.”