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Amendment to Rams’ lease only covers 2012 London game

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FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011 file photo Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears play during the first half of an NFL football game at Wembley Stadium in London. The NFL said Friday Jan. 20, 2012, the Rams and Patriots will play on Oct. 28, 2012 at Wembley Stadium, the sixth year in a row the league will play regular-season games in the British capital. (AP Photo/David Azia, File)


The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission amended the Rams’ lease to allow the team to play one “home” game in London this year, but the lease does not address the Rams’ plans to play future games in London.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that as part of the deal to play the Patriots at Wembley Stadium in October, the Rams agreed to pay seasonal workers at the Edward Jones Dome their hourly wages for the lost game and allow the building to be used more often for conventions during football season.

However, the amendment to the Rams’ lease only covers one game, this year. The Rams say they plan to play in London in 2013 and 2014, and maybe for many more years to come, but St. Louis says the Rams’ current lease doesn’t allow that.

The Rams and St. Louis are also negotiating over planned renovations that would make the Edward Jones Dome a “first tier” stadium, as mandated by the lease. The Convention and Visitors Commission has given the Rams its proposal, and the Rams will respond by March 1.