Goodell tells Missouri governor there’s no new $100 million
The NFL is kicking an extra $100 million into the St. Louis stadium effort. Unless it isn’t.
According to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a “warning letter” to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and the St. Louis stadium task force on Thursday, explaining that the league has not authorized any increase above the $200 million limit on the NFL’s contribution.
“No proposal has yet been presented to increase the available financing beyond the current $200 million maximum, and there can be no assurance that such a proposal would achieve the necessary support,” Goodell wrote, adding that a presumed increase from $200 million to $300 million would be “fundamentally inconsistent with the NFL’s program of stadium financing.”
The news of the league kicking in an extra $100 million emerged via multiple reports earlier this week, and it’s unclear how those reports came to be. It’s also unclear what impact the news will have on Friday’s vote by the St. Louis Board of Alderman on the existing stadium-financing plan.