The move comes 15 months after the team departed.
The breakup between the team and the city is now even messier thanks to a 52-page lawsuit that was filed Wednesday by the city of St. Louis, along with St. Louis County and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority. "While we understand the disappointment of the St. Louis fans and the community, we worked diligently with local and state officials in a process that was honest and fair at all times". The failure to approve the new stadium cost approximately 2,750 jobs in construction and more than 600 jobs per year in the City of St. Louis. Stan Kroenke, a real estate billionaire and native of Missouri, was minority owner of the team until purchasing it outright in 2010, two years after the death of longtime majority owner Georgia Frontiere.
According to the plaintiffs, the lawsuit has merit because the Rams didn't meet the NFL's standard for relocation.
In February 2014, Kroenke bought land in Inglewood, California.
St. Louis' decision not to renovate the Edward Jones Dome, and the out clause it resulted in in the lease, played a key role in the National Football League eventually approving the Rams to move back to St. Louis.
The NFL adopted relocation guidelines in 1984.
Expect similar suits to be filed in San Diego and Oakland, two other cities that have suffered from the NFL's recent relocation moves.
It also says the City of St. Louis will have lost over $100 million in net proceeds from the move.
By exercising the option now, the Rams buy themselves sufficient time to work out a long-term extension with their best player. Three separate lawsuits related to personal seat licenses were consolidated into one suit.
The suit claims St. Louis has lost an estimated $1.85 million to $3.5 million a year in amusement and ticket tax revenue with the departure of the Rams.
The team played its first season back in Los Angeles in 2016 at Memorial Coliseum, finishing with a 4-12 record.