St. Louis Rams http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Commentary: Judging Michael Sam, First As A Football Player http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-judging-michael-sam-first-football-player <p>When Michael Sam finally got the call that the St. Louis Rams had drafted him, he turned to his partner, they embraced and kissed. This scene has played out every year during the NFL draft and rarely garners national attention. The difference this time is that Michael Sam is gay and he kissed his boyfriend.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 03:27:34 +0000 A.J. Bockelman 36250 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Judging Michael Sam, First As A Football Player Michael Sam Just Wants To Play Football http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/michael-sam-just-wants-play-football <div><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre-wrap;">Michael Sam, the only openly gay professional football player, was introduced at a news conference at Rams Park Tuesday.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="background-color: transparent; line-height: 1.4318181818181819; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Sam received unprecedented attention for a </span>249th<span style="background-color: transparent; line-height: 1.4318181818181819; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; w Wed, 14 May 2014 02:02:45 +0000 Jess Jiang 36108 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Michael Sam Just Wants To Play Football Rams Fans Rally Against Rumored Team Move http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rams-fans-rally-against-rumored-team-move <p></p><p>A group of St. Louis Rams fans rallied at Laclede’s Landing Saturday, calling on the city to do what it takes to keep the football team in St. Louis.</p><p>After the 2014 season, the Rams’ lease with the Edward Jones Dome will end and switch to a year-by-year lease unless expensive renovations are made. Negotiations continue behind the scenes to determine the extent of renovations and who will pay for them.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 22:53:09 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 35070 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rams Fans Rally Against Rumored Team Move Commentary: Rams Fans Want to Know What Stan’s Doing With the New Deed http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-rams-fans-want-know-what-stan-s-doing-new-deed <p>Stan, baby, you’re busting my chops. Every time I write about your Rams and their on-going stadium contretemps, I go to great lengths to remind the readership that without you, the team would have never come to St. Louis in the first place. Back in the day, you were a civic hero.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 06:06:54 +0000 M.W. Guzy 33480 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Rams Fans Want to Know What Stan’s Doing With the New Deed In St. Louis, Nixon Goes On Offensive Against Income Tax Bill http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-nixon-goes-offensive-against-income-tax-bill <p>Expect to see a lot of ads leading up to September, paid for largely by one man.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Libertarian Rex </span>Sinquefield<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has given nearly $2.4 million to groups backing a possible cut to Missouri's income tax.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In response, Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has gone on the offensive, attacking the income tax bill and defending his veto.</span></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:38:10 +0000 Chris McDaniel 28362 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In St. Louis, Nixon Goes On Offensive Against Income Tax Bill Rams Free To Leave St. Louis After 2014 Season http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rams-free-leave-st-louis-after-2014-season <p><em>Updated to correct date of arbitrators' action, and again at 4:45 p.m. to include official letter.</em></p><p>The discussions between the St. Louis Rams and the St. Louis Convention &amp; Visitors Commission over the Rams' place of play, the Edward Jones Dome, have come to a crossroads - one that may leave St. Louis without an NFL team after the 2014 season.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 17:11:27 +0000 Kelsey Proud & Rachel Lippmann 10039 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rams Free To Leave St. Louis After 2014 Season Nixon And Mo. Senate Leaders Agree On At Least One Thing: No State $ For A New Rams Stadium http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-and-mo-senate-leaders-agree-least-one-thing-no-state-new-rams-stadium <p>Those hoping to keep the Rams in St. Louis should&nbsp;not count on any help from Democratic<a href="http://gov.mo.gov/"> Governor Jay Nixon</a> or the Republican-led <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Missouri Senate</a>.</p><p>When asked by reporters Monday about efforts to build a new stadium for the Rams, Governor Nixon said that the state is still paying half the cost of the <a href="http://explorestlouis.com/meetings-conventions/americas-center/edward-jones-dome/">Edward Jones Dome</a> in downtown St. Louis.</p><p>“I don’t have a new stadium in this year’s budget, nor do I have any ongoing discussions on how to do that," Nixon said. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 06:46:01 +0000 Marshall Griffin & St. Louis Public Radio 8979 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon And Mo. Senate Leaders Agree On At Least One Thing: No State $ For A New Rams Stadium Arbitrators Pick Rams Plan For Edward Jones Dome Revamp http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/arbitrators-pick-rams-plan-edward-jones-dome-revamp <p><em>Updated 5:29 p.m. with comment from the CVC and addition of full arbitrators' report.</em></p><p>According to the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, arbitrators have chosen the plan put forth by the St. Louis Rams for the revamping of the stadium in which they play, the Edward Jones Dome.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:12:52 +0000 Kelsey Proud & St. Louis Public Radio 8914 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Arbitrators Pick Rams Plan For Edward Jones Dome Revamp Rams, CVC Begin Arbitration http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rams-cvc-begin-arbitration <P>A panel of arbitrators in St. Louis is now weighing the future of the St. Louis Rams and the Edward Jones Dome.</P> <P>The&nbsp;team and the owners of the dome, the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, agreed to arbitration over plans to renovate the dome. The lease agreement requires the dome to be among the top quarter of all NFL stadiums by 2015 or the Rams can break the lease, raising concern they could leave St. Louis.</P> <P>The arbitrators are two retired judges, one from Iowa and one from Colorado, and a labor attorney from Chicago. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:50:17 +0000 Bill Raack & The Associated Press 8339 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rams, CVC Begin Arbitration Arbitration On Edwards Jones Dome To Start Jan. 14 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/arbitration-edwards-jones-dome-start-jan-14 <p>There’s an end in sight to the years-long fight over upgrades to the Edward Jones Dome.</p> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:20:34 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 7851 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Arbitration On Edwards Jones Dome To Start Jan. 14