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NFL asks St. Louis for complete stadium proposal by Dec. 30

ST. LOUIS -- Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and his stadium task force have until Dec. 30 to put together a final pitch to the St. Louis Rams and the NFL in their efforts to keep the team in town, according to a letter NFL executive Eric Grubman sent Friday.

In the letter, Grubman spells out exactly what the league would like to receive before it goes about making a final decision on relocation. A similar letter was sent to San Diego and Oakland as those cities attempt to retain the Chargers and Raiders.

From the letter:

“We request that the proposal include, to the extent possible, (i) a detailed outline of all material terms, financial and otherwise, (ii) specific details of the sources and uses for project construction, (iii) identification of the authority necessary to secure public contributions (including approvals already received, and projected timing of obtaining any additional approvals), and (iv) the timing and steps necessary, and remaining risks, if any, for you to execute the deal on the terms outlined.”

The letter goes on to request those materials from each of the three home markets by Dec. 30, two days later than the originally reported date of Dec. 28.

In addition to that request, the letter also states that interested clubs will be permitted to file for relocation as soon as Jan. 4, 2016 with the Jan. 12-13 meetings in Houston set to review those applications.

Nixon released a statement in response to the letter Friday night.

“I appreciate the league for providing a clear timeline of its decision-making process,” Nixon said in the statement. “With action expected next week by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen following numerous public hearings, St. Louis is in a strong position to meet the December 30 deadline established by the NFL. This is especially important with the league formally accepting relocation applications as soon as January 4, and a decision on those applications anticipated at the special meeting scheduled for January 12 and 13. Our task force has presented a strong, fiscally-responsible proposal that will keep the Rams in St. Louis in a way that is consistent with our core principles of protecting taxpayers, creating jobs, and securing private investment to revitalize a distressed area.”