EARTH CITY, Mo. -- On the heels of St. Louis Circuit Judge Thomas Frawley ruling earlier this week that no public vote would be needed to use city bonds on a proposed new NFL stadium, the city's mayor is now speaking out in support of the project.
St. Louis mayor Francis Slay spoke to stltoday.com Wednesday and made it clear where he stands on the project.
“Having an NFL team in a city is really, I think, a huge amenity,” Slay told the Post-Dispatch. “It’s one of the things that make living in a big city fun.”
Perhaps most notable, Slay told the paper that he would not call for a public vote on the proposed north riverfront stadium nor would he push for an appeal of Frawley's ruling.
In the interview, Slay is honest about not knowing how the financial particulars break down and many would argue that there isn't a definitive financial windfall from building a new stadium. But Slay points to city pride and esteem as reasons for wanting a stadium to get done and a team to stay in the city.
Of course, having the city's mayor supporting the stadium efforts is a good thing for Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and his task force. But it's also not going to guarantee anything in terms of the Rams' future in St. Louis.
For that decision will fall into the hands of the league's 32 owners at some point this fall. In the meantime, if Slay, Nixon, Dave Peacock, Bob Blitz and the rest of those working diligently to get a stadium plan in place are able to get the puzzle put together, the better chances those owners will stand by their side.
A roundup of Thursday's St. Louis Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... In the Ram-blings, we opened the day with a look at the need for receiver Tavon Austin to step up in 2015. ... End Robert Quinn wasn't satisfied with a good 2014 and wants to get back to great in 2015. ... Rookie tackle Rob Havenstein is having problems adjusting to the speed of the NFL but is confident he'll catch up. ... Quarterback Nick Foles has had no issues taking snaps under center so far in camp. ... We wrapped up the day with notes, quotes and anecdotes from Thursday's practice.
Thursday's look around all 32 NFL training camps.
Also at stltoday.com, Jeff Gordon has a look at Austin's development.