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Cleveland Rams Team Formation

The Cleveland Rams were founded by attorney Homer Marshman in 1936. Their name, the Rams, comes from the nickname of Fordham University. "Rams" was selected to honor the hard work of the football players that came out of that university. They were part of the newly formed American Football League and finished the 1936 regular season in second place with a 5–2–2 record, trailing only the 8–3 record of league champion Boston Shamrocks.

Move to Los Angeles

On January 12, 1946, Reeves obtained the consent of the NFL to allow his team to relocate to Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which had a seating capacity at the time of 105,000 far greater than their Cleveland venue's. This placed the Rams more than 2,000 miles (3,200 km) away from the nearest NFL team, at the time (in Chicago).

Starting over in Anaheim

Prior to their 1979 Super Bowl season, owner Carroll Rosenbloom drowned in an accident; his widow, Georgia Frontiere, inherited 70% ownership of the team. Frontiere fired her step-son, Steve Rosenbloom, to assume total control of the franchise. As had been planned prior to Carroll Rosenbloom's death, the Rams moved from their longtime home at the L.A. Coliseum to Anaheim Stadium in nearby Orange County, in 1980. The reason for the move was twofold; first, attendance. L.A. Memorial Coliseum was more difficult to sell-out than stadiums in other NFL cities because of its abnormally large seating capacity (100,000); and, Pete Rozelle—who had since become NFL Commissioner—created a 'black-out rule' preventing any home game that wasn't sold-out 72 hours before kickoff from being broadcast in its local TV market. Second, the Southern California's population patterns were changing: there was rapid growth in L.A.'s affluent suburbs (e.g., greater Orange County), and a decline in the city of Los Angeles' citizenship and earning power. Anaheim Stadium was originally built in 1965 as the home of the California Angels Major League Baseball franchise. To accommodate the Rams' move, the ballpark was re-configured with luxury suites, and enclosed to accommodate crowds of about 65,000 for football.

Relocate to St. Louis

Georgia Frontiere attempted to relocate the Rams to Baltimore, Maryland, but that deal was eventually stopped. Mrs. Frontiere then sought to re-locate the team to the city of St. Louis. NFL owners (of the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Giants, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, and the Minnesota Vikings, specifically) voted to oppose the move, arguing that Frontiere who was claiming that, without the extra revenues from a new stadium, the L.A. market was so unprofitable that it risked bankrupting the Rams had badly mismanaged the team. Nevertheless, she threatened to sue the NFL itself; ultimately, Commissioner Paul Tagliabue acquiesced to Frontiere's demands. As part of the re-location deal, the city of St. Louis agreed to build a taxpayer-financed stadium, and guaranteed that the stadium's amenities would be maintained in the top 25% of all stadiums in the National Football League. Frontiere waived the clause after a 10-year threshold period had passed, though, as the city implemented a later plan to improve the stadium.

Edward Jones Dome

The Edward Jones Dome (more formally known as the Edward Jones Dome at America's Center, and previously known as The Trans World Dome (from 1995 to 2001) is a multi-purpose stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, and home of the St. Louis Rams of the NFL. It was constructed largely to lure an NFL team back to St. Louis, and to serve as a convention center. The Dome provides multiple stadium configurations that can seat up to 70,000 people. Seating levels include: a private luxury suite level with 120 suites, a private club seat and luxury suite level with 6,400 club seats, a concourse level (lower bowl) and terrace level (upper bowl). The dome was completed in 1995.

Super Bowl Winner

Super Bowl XXXIV - 1999
Super Bowl XXXIV was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion St. Louis Rams and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Tennessee Titans to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1999 season. The Rams defeated the Titans by the score of 23–16, capturing their first Super Bowl win and first NFL championship since 1951. The game, played on January 30, 2000 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, was the fourth Super Bowl to be held a week after the conference championship games the previous time this happened was Super Bowl XXVIII, and coincidentally that game was also played on January 30 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Kroenke Take Over

In 2010, Kroenke exercised his right of first refusal to buy the remaining interest in the St. Louis Rams from the estate of late owner Georgia Frontiere. On August 25, 2010, he became full owner of the Rams by unanimous consent of the NFL. To gain approval from NFL owners, Kroenke agreed to turn over control of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche to his son, Josh, by the end of 2010, and he must give up his majority stake in both teams by December 2014. The NFL does not allow its owners to hold majority control of major league teams in other NFL markets.

On January 5th 2015, it was announced that the Kroenke Group was teaming up with Stockbridge Capital Group to build an 80,000 seat NFL stadium and venue (dubbed the City of Champions Revitalization Initiative) in Inglewood, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles. St. Louis officials felt they were not getting fair treatment as Kroenke has (to date) had no talks or discussions with city officials, who have expressed large interest in keeping the team in St. Louis. In a radio interview, Kroenke was labeled as “enemy number one” in his home state due to his uncanny nature and cut-throat business style expressed by his non-negotiations with St. Louis on the Rams stadium situation.

Move Back To LA

The day following the conclusion of the 2015 regular season, the Rams, Oakland Raiders, and San Diego Chargers all filed to relocate to Los Angeles. The same day, the NFL announced that any franchise approved for relocation would need to pay a $550 million relocation fee. On January 12, 2016, the NFL owners voted 30–2 to allow the Rams to return to Los Angeles. The Rams are the second NFL franchise to return to a city they had previously played in. The first NFL franchise to relocate to a previous city was the Raiders, who had left Los Angeles, along with the Rams, in 1995; the Raiders relocated back to the Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Rams are the first major league sports team to relocate since 2011, when the Atlanta Thrashers left Atlanta and became the Winnipeg Jets, which, similar to St. Louis, was the second time Atlanta lost a sports team in that league (NHL). The Rams held a press conference at The Forum in Inglewood on January 15, 2016, to officially announce its return to Los Angeles to start play in the 2016 season. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will be the temporary home stadium of the Rams until City of Champions Stadium is finished for the 2019 season.

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Team Information Team History

Cleveland - Los Angeles - St. Louis - Los Angeles

Rams - The "Rams" originated in Cleveland in 1936 and the name came from the college team "Fordham Rams." See the Cleveland Rams nickname description.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
2016 - present

*St. Louis*
Edward Jones Dome
2001 - 2015
  • Dome at America's Center
  • 2001
  • Trans World Dome
  • 1995 - 2000

*Los Angeles*
Anaheim Stadium
1980 - 1994
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
1946 - 1979

Cleveland Municipal Stadium
1936 - 1937, 1939 - 1941, 1945
League Park
1937, 1942, 1944 - 1945
Shaw Stadium

Stan Kroenke
2010 - present

Chip Rosenbloom, Lucia Rodriguez, and Stan Kroenke
2008 - 2010
Georgia Frontiere and Stan Kroenke
1995 - 2008
Georgia Frontiere
1979 - 1995
Carroll Rosenbloom
1972 - 1979
Robert Irsay
1971 - 1972
Dan Reeves
1941 - 1971
Homer Marshman
1936 - 1941

Established: 1936

League History:
National Football League
1936 - present

Team History:
Los Angeles Rams
2016 - present

St. Louis Rams
1995 - 2015
Los Angeles Rams
1946 - 1994
Cleveland Rams
1936 - 1945

Super Bowl: 1
NFL Championships: 1

Retired Numbers:
7 Bob Waterfield
28 Marshall Faulk
29 Eric Dickerson
74 Deacon Jones
75 Merlin Olsen
78 Jackie Slater
80 Isaac Bruce
85 Jack Youngblood

Mascots: 2010 - present

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