The St. Louis Rams had a tough football season, tying for the worst record in the NFL. This months' hiring of a new head coach, Jeff Fisher, created a sense of hope. But there are lingering concerns among fans about whether the team will stay in St. Louis.
Many there remember watching their original NFL team leave town in the 1980s. Now the Rams have the right to break their stadium lease if the city does not make major upgrades. And as our own Maria Altman reported for NPR's Morning Edition, it may be tough to compete with the Rams' old hometown of Los Angeles.
The St. Louis Rams have fired head coach Steve Spagnuolo after a 2-14 season. Spagnuolo, pictured here on Jan. 1, 2012, went 10-38 in three season with the Rams. General manager Billy Devaney was also fired..
The St. Louis Rams have fired their head coach, Steve Spagnuolo, and general manager Billy Devaney, a day after the team finished the 2011 season 2-14.
"No one individual is to blame for this disappointing season, and we all must hold ourselves accountable," Rams owner Stanley Kronke said in a statement. "However, we believe it's in the best interest of the St. Louis Rams to make these changes as we continue our quest to build a team that consistently competes for playoffs and championships."
In a unanimous vote this week the Los Angeles City Council endorsed a plan to build an NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles. The next step is finding a team, which may have implications for the St. Louis Rams.
The Rams will be able to break their lease on the Edward Jones Dome in 2014 unless the city signs off on a package of expensive upgrades.
The dome is considered by many to be one of the NFL’s worst stadiums.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says the city does have some money set to pay for upgrades.
Ill. Sen. Dick Durbin has announced that he opposes a short-term extension of the debt ceiling; he wants to extend it until after the 2012 election. Pres. Obama and Congress face an Aug. 2 deadline to avoid a potential government default.
Durbin opposes short-term extension of debt-ceiling
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Ill. has announced that he wants to extend the debt ceiling until after the 2012 election. He says Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to raise the ceiling as budget cuts are made would do nothing to help the economy, and won’t keep credit agencies from downgrading the nation’s debt. Rather, he says it would lead to higher interest rates.
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St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo during his final press conference of the season on January 3, 2011. Spagnuolo will lose his offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur, who was hired by the Cleveland Browns as head coach today. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)