Stan Kroenke’s Legal Pivot Angers NFL Owners

    • Kroenke had promised to cover legal costs before the move from St. Louis was approved.
    • The breach-of-contract trial is scheduled to begin in January.

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Less than three months from trial, Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke appears to be wavering on his promise to cover tens of millions of dollars in legal expenses related to litigation over his team’s relocation from St. Louis.

Kroenke had promised to indemnify the league before owners approved his club’s move in 2016.

ESPN reported that the news that Kroenke was challenging that agreement “angered many NFL owners” during a meeting Tuesday.

  • The decision could put the owners on the hook to pay legal costs associated with the lawsuit filed by the St. Louis, St. Louis County, and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority.
  • Those plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in 2017 and a trial is scheduled to begin on Jan. 10.
  • Attempts by Kroenke’s lawyers and the league to get the case dismissed have failed.

NFL general counsel Jeff Pash informed the owners — minus Kroenke, who was asked to leave the room — of the Rams owner’s shifted position, ESPN reported. New York Giants owner John Mara noted that if Kroenke had not agreed to indemnify the league, owners wouldn’t have voted for the Rams to move.

Pash said that Kroenke had sought to settle the long-running litigation for less than $1 billion, according to the report.

An NFL spokesman declined to comment when reached by Front Office Sports on Wednesday.