Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fans Drops Its Target Date Several Issues Remain as Ultimatum Passes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fans Drops Its Target Date Several Issues Remain as Ultimatum Passes

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Stan Kroenke may have an agreement with the Los Angeles Rams. But FANS Inc. doesn't. As a result, Thursday's target date to conclude negotiations is no more.

"Despite the best efforts of all concerned, the December 1 target date will not be met," FANS Inc. point man Thomas F. Eagleton said in a statement released Tuesday. "Some vital issues remain which will take additional time to resolve. We will not now set a new target date. We shall simply pledge to give our full attention to resolve these vital issues, as best we can, in a timely manner."

This represents a significant about-face for FANS in less than three weeks time. In a Nov. 11 news conference on Rams negotiations, Eagleton all but issued an ultimatum.

"We either ought to have a deal on Dec. 1, or let all the parties just go about their (business)," Eagleton said at that time. "It is not going to get any better with time. It is not like bourbon whiskey."

But a full seven weeks since FANS made its formal proposal to the Rams, negotiations apparently remain bogged down on details involving the stadium lease and stadium operation. Exactly what those details are remain unclear.

Some are as seemingly trivial as stadium cleanup responsibility after games.

Some are as complex as stadium advertising revenue and how that is split up.

But as some issues are resolved, others crop up.

The Rams, as reported by the Post-Dispatch on Oct. 13, are interested in using extra space at the stadium's suite level for additional luxury boxes and party rooms. Current plans call for 100 luxury boxes on two levels - a suite level and club level.

There is open space in each end zone at the suite level. However, Lawrence Akley of the St. Louis Regional Convention & Sports Complex Authority said the authority, which is supervising stadium construction, would need additional money to build additional suites.

Keep in mind, it is not just the Rams and FANS Inc. who must be satisfied on matters involving the stadium and stadium lease. …

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