Ben Frederickson: As they research ways to turn Rams relocation settlement win into lasting legacy, city and county leaders should consider -- go figure -- LA's playbook

Ben Frederickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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St. Louis County Executive Sam Page achieved the impossible Monday.

He said something about the settlement of the Rams relocation saga with which every person interested in it can agree.

“Most everyone in our community had an opinion over the weekend about how these funds should be spent,” Page said of the $790 million check from the NFL that is due to arrive in the region’s mailbox before Christmas.

Everyone, and then some. Yours truly included. This sports guy will, perhaps predictably, stick up for earmarking some of the more than $500 million left over after the lawyers get paid to use for, you know, sports.

But first, some nuts and bolts. You all wanted answers. I spent Monday asking questions.

St. Louis Mayor Tishaura O. Jones and Page made their first public comments about the settlement, with Page taking questions at his weekly news conference and Jones speaking with the Post-Dispatch by phone.


Both officials were mindful of the protective order that extends through the completion of the settlement; that’s the reason you will not hear from Team STL lawyers for a while.

Both were quick to point out two obvious topics — the splitting of the money between the city, the county and the dome authority and where it will ultimately go once spilt — will be sorted out in meetings, hopefully productive and cooperatives ones, that haven’t happened yet.

Both made it clear they believe this outcome was a big success.

Jones happened to be enjoying a glass of bourbon when she received the news late Tuesday night that the deal was all-but done. How did she celebrate?


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