The city of St. Louis, Missouri - where the Rams were based for two decades before jilting it for Los Angeles past year - filed a lawsuit Wednesday claiming the team and the National Football League failed to use proper protocol when the Rams were relocated.
The No. 13 overall pick in 2014, Donald's 2018 salary would be for $6.892 million after earning just $1.8 million in 2017. It has lost millions in earnings taxes. In total, the city will have lost more than $100m in net proceeds.
Kroenke and the Rams soon began contemplating a new home after the decision by the St. Louis CVC, with Los Angeles emerging as their desired location after Kroenke got control of almost 300 acres of open land in Inglewood on which he hoped to build a new stadium as part of a massive multi-use development project.
The lawsuit was filed by attorneys with St. Louis law firms Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch L.C. and Dowd Bennett LLP.
Expect similar suits to be filed in San Diego and Oakland, two other cities that have suffered from the NFL's recent relocation moves.
The suit also states that the Rams' move allegedly cost thousands of job to the county.
The plaintiffs said they made investments in the team's home stadium based on the NFL's policy requiring teams to work in good faith to remain in their home community, but team officials were aiming to move long before they made such plans public, the lawsuit said.
The NFL's relocation rules only allow a team to move if the club has "diligently engaged in good faith efforts" to get a stadium deal done.
"The Rams never meant to engage in good faith negotiations with St. Louis", the lawsuit says.
This is what the Rams' stadium in St. Louis would've looked like. However, the city says that the Rams flat-out lied about relocation, which is why the city thought the Rams were staying.
The legal action also alleges the Rams allowed St. Louis officials to spend millions of dollars on a stadium proposal, even though the team's owners always meant to relocate to California.