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The suit claims that it wasn't long afterward that Kroenke began plotting a move, despite public comments from him and team executive Kevin Demoff that the Rams hoped to remain in St. Louis for the long term. The new Inglewood stadium, slated to cost $2.6 billion, is scheduled to open in 2019.
Included is part of a 2010 Post-Dispatch interview with Kroenke in which he said: "I'm going to attempt to do everything that I can to keep the Rams in St. Louis".
Since the Rams move, the San Diego Chargers announced their relocation to the Los Angeles market for the coming season.
The plaintiffs said the loss of the Rams hurt the city and region and benefited the league and its owners, who received a $550 million relocation fee, the lawsuit said.
But NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says the league worked diligently with local and state officials in a process he calls "honest and fair".
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Charges in the St. Louis lawsuit include breach of contract, unjust enrichment, fraudulent misrepresentation and business interference.
The NFL adopted relocation guidelines in 1984.
"The Rams never meant to engage in good faith negotiations with St. Louis", the lawsuit says. The Rams are playing at Memorial Coliseum until then. The lawsuit claims the league violated those guidelines "and instead focused exclusively on whether more money could be made in Los Angeles - a factor which does not justify relocation under the Policy", the lawsuit states.
It listed the National Football League, all 32 teams and their respective owners, plus the managers of each of the teams' local facilities as co-defendants and seeks damages and restitution of profits since the move over the past 15 months. The suit also claims the city lost more than $100 million in net proceeds because of the move as well as hotel and property tax revenue and sales tax revenue.
The lawsuit is among several filed over the Rams' departure.
The Rams played 21 seasons in St. Louis after relocating there from Los Angeles in 1994, but began looking a new home after the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission declined an arbitrators ruling to pay $700 million to renovate the Edward Jones Dome in 2013.