City leaders say St. Louis Rams owner Kroenke not returning calls

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St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke talks with head coach Jeff Fisher in the Edward Jones Dome. (Image: FOX Sports)

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis city officials say the owner of the Rams isn’t returning calls, so they plan to work directly with the league on keeping an NFL team in town.

Owner Stan Kroenke is part of a group that announced plans Monday for an 80,000-seat stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs, a move that could return the NFL to the nation’s second-largest market. The Rams were in Los Angeles until 1995.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon isn’t giving up on the Rams and there is talk of a new stadium near the Mississippi River. City leaders say the plan now is to make the pitch to the league that St. Louis deserves to be an NFL city.

A Rams spokesman declined comment. Messages left at Kroenke’s office were not returned.

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