$790M settlement reached in St. Louis' lawsuit; New NFL team not in deal

Stan Kroenke, Roger Goodell
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A deal has been struck between St. Louis and the NFL to avoid a public trial over the lawsuit filed in 2017 after the Los Angeles Rams left St. Louis.

St. Louis City, County, and the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority signed a $790 million settlement agreement with Rams owner Stan Kroenke and the NFL on Wednesday. An expansion NFL team is not included in the deal.

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It comes on the day after both sides negotiated through a mediator.

The settlement avoids not only a public trial that was scheduled for January in a St. Louis courtroom. But it also prevents a contempt of court hearing after multiple NFL owners, including Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys and Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots, refused to hand over detailed financial information as ordered by the judge.

It's unclear at this time if Kroenke, who signed an indemnification agreement with the NFL and all its owners, will have to pay the entire $790 million settlement or if the bill will be split with the NFL.

Although there have been reports that St. Louis could be awarded upwards of $2 billion in damages by a local jury, one reason for agreeing to a settlement would be avoiding a drawn-out appeals process. Which would give the NFL and Kroenke a chance to once again squirm away from St. Louis' grip.