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Local officials react to Rams move

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(KMOV.com) – Shortly after the Rams move to Los Angeles became official, reaction from officials the St. Louis Task Force came pouring in.

From the St. Louis Stadium Task Force:

Today’s decision by the NFL concludes a flawed process that ends with the unthinkable result of St. Louis losing the Rams. Over the past 15 months, our stadium task force has delivered in every respect to what the NFL demanded of St. Louis to keep our team.  More important, over the past 21 seasons, most of them dire, St. Louis has been remarkably supportive of and faithful to the Rams.  We will leave it to the NFL to explain how this could happen and hope the next city that may experience what St. Louis has endured will enjoy a happier and more appropriate outcome.

Here in St. Louis and throughout our region, we are incredibly grateful for the energy and support we received during this journey. What St. Louis was able to accomplish in a very, very short time was, and is, amazing.  That our collective efforts will not be rewarded, or recognized, is very unfortunate.  We all deserve better, but never forget that we just showed everyone and ourselves what St. Louis is capable of achieving.  The best days for St. Louis are not far away.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay:

“The NFL ignored the facts, the loyalty of St. Louis fans, who supported the team through far more downs than ups, and the NFL ignored a strong market and viable plan for a new stadium. I am proud of our effort and what St. Louis was able to accomplish in an extraordinarily short period of time. I thank everyone who worked so diligently on this project, especially the Governor’s Task Force.

“In the meantime, we need to increase our focus on the region's hospitality industry— conventions, tourism and amateur sports. These events and the hotels and restaurants that support them put thousands of City and County residents to work in good jobs. St. Louis is great place to live and build a business— with or without NFL football.”

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger:

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has issued the following statement regarding the Rams pending move to Los Angeles: “As a football fan and a lifetime resident of the St. Louis area, I am bitterly disappointed in tonight’s news. This region deserves an NFL team. This region is fully capable of supporting an NFL team. That team should have been the Rams. The NFL and Stan Kroenke have displayed a callous disregard for the St. Louis area and its loyal football fans.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon:

“Tonight’s decision is disappointing, and a clear deviation from the NFL’s guidelines.  It is troubling that the league would allow for the relocation of a team when a home market has worked in good faith and presented a strong and viable proposal. This sets a terrible precedent not only for St. Louis, but for all communities that have loyally supported their NFL franchises.

“Regardless of tonight’s action, the fact remains that St. Louis is a world-class city deserving of a world-class NFL team.  We will review the NFL’s decision thoroughly before determining what next steps to take. In particular, we are interested in their justification for departing so significantly from the NFL’s guidelines after St. Louis had – in record time – presented a proposal for a first-class stadium.”

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