Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Demoff Strikes Conciliatory Tone on Stadium Project

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Demoff Strikes Conciliatory Tone on Stadium Project

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SAN FRANCISCO * Despite what seems to be an obvious preference by the Rams to play their football in Los Angeles starting in 2016, team executive Kevin Demoff found himself in the unusual position Wednesday of updating team owners on the St. Louis stadium situation.

All of the three so-called home markets St. Louis, San Diego, and Oakland were called upon to provide updates. And with Rams owner Stan Kroenke in attendance, Demoff did the, uh, honors Wednesday.

"Our goal was to update the membership on what's happening in St. Louis with the task force, how we got to where we are, and the process," said Demoff, the team's executive vice president of football operations. "Hopefully we provided them some color around Dave (Peacock) and the group's efforts."

Peacock, a former Anheuser-Busch executive, is spearheading the St. Louis effort to build a $985 million riverfront stadium on the north edge of downtown. He and Clayton attorney Bob Blitz comprised the original two-man stadium task force appointed in early November by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon.

Their ranks since have swelled with the hiring of numerous consultants, architects, designers and construction firms.

But the purpose of Wednesday's exercise wasn't a bells-and- whistles presentation designed to impress owners by three cities trying to prevent their NFL teams from fleeing to Los Angeles.

"It was a completely objective review of what had happened to date in terms of the lease and what the task force has done," Demoff said. "The other two markets did the same, and hopefully that benefited all 32 owners to get a better understanding of what's happening in each of the three markets.

"There were no slide shows about stadiums, there were no schematics. This was merely a very matter-of-fact presentation by all three teams of what's happening in the home markets, really over the last few years. Each team had five minutes, so it was short."

There also was time provided for questions and answers, but Demoff said he got no questions from club owners after his presentation.

"If you're living in St. Louis and you're a Rams fans, you probably know most of what was discussed," he said. …

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