Report: No NFL Team, Not Even St. Louis Rams, Likely to Move to LA in 2015

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Theo Welling
Don't worry, St. Louis Rams fans. Rumor has it the team will stick around for a while.
The chances of the St. Louis Rams or another NFL franchise moving to Los Angeles next season and ending that city's two-decade-long football drought are becoming increasingly unlikely, according to a new report from the New York Times.

St. Louis has been fighting to keep its NFL team in town even as rumors spread that owner and Walmart heir billionaire Stan Kroenke committed to moving to LA after buying a 60-acre plot there for a brand-new stadium.

The Rams move to a year-to-year lease on the Edward Jones Dome in 2015 after negotiations over stadium improvements stalled. But even though St. Louis' blue-and-gold could leave for Los Angeles, news coming out of the NFL seems to indicate they won't...yet.

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Angry Rams Fans to Donate Jerseys to the Homeless After Players Support Ferguson

Categories: Ferguson, Sports

Rams player Kenny Britt Instagramed this photo before last Sunday's game, saying it was dedicated to "#MikeBrown, his family and the Community of #Ferguson."
Are you pissed off that players for the St. Louis Rams are supporting protests against the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner? Ready to boycott the team and get rid of your jersey?

We know just what you should do.

The group Boycott St. Louis Rams is organizing a jersey and clothing drive Saturday for the homeless, accepting donations of Rams gear from fans (or ex-fans) who don't want to sport the team's logo after players publicly supported the Ferguson protest movement.

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Rams' Davin Joseph Writes "I Can't Breathe" on Cleats for Eric Garner: Ex-Fans Burn Jerseys

Categories: Rams, Sports

Rams player Davin Joseph may have been inspired by his teammate Kenny Britt , who last week posted this photo of his Michael Brown wrist tape before the game.
Last week, it was five members of the Rams' high-flying receiving corp who made a public show of support for the Ferguson protests by making the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture as they took the field.

But if their critics -- such as the St. Louis Police Officers Association -- assumed Rams players had gotten their fill of social commentating, they'd be wrong.

This past Sunday, Rams starting guard Davin Joseph made his own statement by writing the recently coined rallying cry against police brutality, "I can't breathe," on his cleats. The words serve as a tribute to Eric Garner, who was recorded saying "I can't breathe" repeatedly after being placed in a fatal choke-hold by a New York City police officer in July. Joseph Tweeted a photo of his cleats prior to the game against Washington.

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Hands Up, Don't Apologize: St. Louis Rams, County Police Squabble Over Non-Apology

Jessica Lussenhop
Jon Belmar, chief of the St. Louis County Police, says the Rams apologized.
Did St. Louis Rams VP Kevin Demoff apologize to St. Louis County Police for the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture at Sunday's game? Depends on whom you ask.

Police say yes, he apologized. That's because Demoff called county police chief Jon Belmar Monday after five Rams players took the field before the game against the Oakland Raiders with their hands raised, a symbol that has come to represent Michael Brown surrendering to Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson before being fatally shot in August.

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Rams Players Support Ferguson with "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" Entrance at Raiders Game

Categories: Ferguson, Sports

Jessica Lussenhop
Michael Brown Sr. (L) gives the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" sign during a protest with Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown's mother, and Pastor Carlton Lee.
Rams up, don't shoot.

Five players for the St. Louis Rams took the field at the Edward Jones Dome Sunday with their arms raised in a symbol of solidarity with Ferguson, where an unarmed black teen was fatally shot by police in August.

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Joe Buck: My Father Wouldn't Have Let Kroenke Stay Silent on Rams Future

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Herkie on Flickr
Will they stay or will they go?
Well, are you happy now, Stan Kroenke? You've gone and disappointed Joe Buck.

The son of legendary sportscaster Jack Buck criticized Kroenke, the Walmart heir billionaire owner of the St. Louis Rams, for staying silent on persistent rumors that he's trying to take the team to Los Angeles.

"I don't know how you're an NFL owner in a city like this with the kind of sports fans we have here and you're as invisible as this man has been," Buck said on FOX 2's Sports Final with Martin Kilcoyne.

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Rams Defense Hits Bronco Emmanuel Sanders So Hard Wikipedia Declares Him Dead

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Emmanuel Sanders was declared dead on his Wikipedia page.
Denver Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders died for a few minutes, then returned to life during Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams -- at least, that's what it said on Wikipedia.

Sanders was taken out of the game after an extremely brutal hit from Rams safety Rodney McLeod, who was blocking Sanders from making a sideline catch in the third quarter. The hit left Sanders reeling on the field for a few minutes until medical staff helped him off to evaluate him for a concussion.

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Nixon Announces Task Force to Keep Rams in St. Louis

Categories: Politics, Sports

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Governor Nixon is fuzzy on specifics when it comes to the Rams' future in St. Louis.
Governor Jay Nixon is asking two St. Louis business leaders to find a solution that will keep an NFL team in St. Louis before the Rams decide in January whether it'll weaken its ties to the Edward Jones Dome.

"Make no mistake about it -- St. Louis is an NFL city," Nixon said. "The economic impact of having an NFL team in St. Louis extends long beyond Sunday afternoon and sends a clear signal that this city is a worldwide player."

Nixon dodged questions about specifics, such as how much it'll cost to keep the team here, even as rumors spread that Rams owner Stan Kroenke and the NFL are already committed to moving the team to Los Angeles. When asked whether he'd be open to building the Rams an outdoor stadium north of Lumiere Place and south of the Stan Musial Bridge, he repeated that he's not yet advocating for any one solution.

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St. Louis Rams Player Defends Bumbling "Chevy Guy" Rikk Wilde's World Series Meltdown

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"Chevy Guy" Rikk Wilde (L) tries to explain why it's good to have "technology and stuff" in your truck.
If you hurled your television out the window last night in angry disappointment when the San Francisco Giants won the 2014 World Series and dashed the hopes of a nation of Kansas City Royals fans/bandwagon joiners, you missed something delightfully awkward.

Rikk Wilde, an executive at Chevrolet, had the seemingly simple task of awarding Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner with the World Series MVP award and a 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.

But in a performance that have many clamoring to name him the MVP of awkwardness, Wilde faltered and sweated over his lines, taking long pauses and checking his notes.

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Michael Sam Dropped from Dallas Cowboys, Will Look for New NFL Spot

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Michael Sam.
Almost two months after being cut from the St. Louis Rams, Michael Sam has been dropped again, this time from the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys.

Sam, the first openly gay man drafted into the NFL, spent seven weeks on the 10-man squad in Dallas, and the team announced Tuesday it waived him when he didn't make the 53-man roster.

See also: Michael Sam Cut from St. Louis Rams Roster, Practice Squad

Sam practicing with Dallas didn't make nearly as big of a media splash as when the Rams drafted him in the seventh round, especially when Sam celebrated by smooching his boyfriend. At Sunday's game against the New York Giants, a USA Today reporter asked fans how they felt about having a gay man on the practice squad; more than half of fans didn't even know Sam was on the team.

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