St. Louis Rams
Issue: Stadium upgrades
The Rams franchise isn't exactly built on a legacy of loyalty.
It left Cleveland for Los Angeles in 1946 and left L.A. for St. Louis nearly 50 years later. Meanwhile, it's been more than a decade since the Kurt Warner "Greatest Show On Turf" Super Bowl years and the team's still waiting for Sam Bradford to emerge as a savior before star running back Steven Jackson runs out of gas. Ownership's getting itchy.Despite the fact the Rams haven't made the playoffs since 2004 and haven't won more games than they've lost since 2003, the owners are seeking a handout. It's partially St. Louis' fault for promising to make the Edward Jones Dome a "first-tier" stadium by 2015, but the team's definition of "first-tier" differs from the city's by more than a few hundred million dollars. The team's seeking a roof with a sliding panel, a glass front instead of a brick exterior and re-routing a nearby street. Those plans, combined with luxury boxes, scoreboards, concessions and offices could bring the total to $700 million, with St. Louis on the hook for more than half of it. That total cost is almost what the entire Jacksonville Jaguars franchise is worth, and ownership knows it. The talks are still in early stages, but if the team doesn't get its wishes and games start getting blacked out, we're guessing the Rams can think of at least one of their former homes that hasn't had a team since they left. Speaking of the Jaguars...