Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

St. Louis to pay $16M for losing bid

ST. LOUIS — An effort to persuade the owner of the Rams to keep his team in Missouri by building a new riverfront stadium not only failed but also left the public on the hook for $16.2 million in expenses.

Most of the money went to a local architecture firm and an assortment of lawyers, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The stadium effort ended Tuesday when NFL owners voted 30-2 to approve a request by owner Stan Kroenke to move the team to Los Angeles.

Instead of playing in a new, $1.1 billion open-air stadium along the Mississippi River, the Rams are expected to move into Kroenke's proposed $2 billion palace, southwest of downtown Los Angeles, by 2019.

In its bid to fend off the move, the public agency that owns the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis paid 22 companies. Architecture firm HOK made more than $10.5 million for its work on the plan, and various law firms made more than $1.6 million.

Gov. Jay Nixon's stadium task force, which guided the dome authority's hiring, faced criticism for how it handled the project. Contracts were awarded without bids — attorneys said the authority wasn't technically a state agency and didn't have to follow state rules. The firm of task force co-chairman Bob Blitz was one of the largest benefactors. Many stadium contractors were also political donors.

Titans tab Mularkey: The Titans are keeping Mike Mularkey as their coach. Tennessee had interviewed Mularkey, 54, its interim coach this season, as well as former Bills coach Doug Marrone, Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and its own defensive coordinator, Ray Horton. Keeping Mularkey means Marcus Mariota, the No. 2 pick overall in the 2015 draft, won't have to start over completely next season. "We won't be starting from scratch," said Mularkey, a tight end at Florida in the early '80s and an assistant with the Bucs (1994-95).

Catch not a catch? NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant's between-the-legs touchdown catch against the Bengals last week should not have counted. "I don't think this is a catch. If I just had a blank slate … I would've said no catch," Blandino said. But he also said officials in the AFC wild-card game correctly stuck with their call, saying there was not enough "clear evidence" to overturn it.

Wayne retiring: Reggie Wayne, 37, the longtime Colts receiver who didn't play this season after being released by the Patriots, said he's retiring. The former University of Miami standout is seventh in career NFL catches (1,070) and eighth in receiving yards (14,345).

Browns: John DeFilippo is out after one season as offensive coordinator. Cleveland hired former Bengals offensive coordinator as head coach last week.

Obituary: Former Colts coach and broadcaster Ted Marchibroda died Saturday, the Colts announced. He was 84. Mr. Marchibroda coached the Baltimore Colts from 1975-79, with three straight playoff appearances. After several stops as an assistant, he returned first to the Colts franchise, then to their original city. He had a second stint as Colts coach in 1992-95 and was the first Baltimore Ravens coach in 1996-98 after the original Browns moved there. He also played four seasons as a QB, with the Steelers and Cardinals.

St. Louis to pay $16M for losing bid 01/16/16 [Last modified: Saturday, January 16, 2016 9:09pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Longest home run at Trop and Erasmo Ramirez's pitching doom Rays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kevin Kiermaier returned. The problem was, so did Erasmo Ramirez.

    Seattle Mariners first baseman Yonder Alonso (10) scores on the double by Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) in the first inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.
  2. Rays journal: Kevin Kiermaier returns, Mallex Smith sent to Triple A

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It didn't take CF Kevin Kiermaier long to make his presence felt during his return Friday to the Rays lineup. Kiermaier pretended to have Mariners DH Nelson Cruz's first-inning line drive lined up even as the ball went past him to his right and to the wall.

    Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) flies out in the first inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.
  3. Rays vs. Mariners, 6:10 p.m. Saturday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Mariners

    6:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    This is a 2017 photo of Jake Odorizzi of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team. This image reflects the 2017 active roster as of Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  4. Bucs journal: Starting defense disappointed holding Jags to 1 rushing yard

    Bucs

    JACKSONVILLE — The Bucs' starting defense held the Jaguars to a total of 1 rushing yard on seven carries in the first half of Thursday's 12-8 preseason win.

    And its members were disappointed.

    Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon (24) is thrown for a 1-yard loss as he is stopped by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David (54) and defensive end Robert Ayers (91) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) JVS102
  5. Jameis Winston's hardest lesson: He can't always save the day

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Ever wonder what in the world goes through Jameis Winston's mind when he tries to fit the ball in a keyhole as he is being dragged to the turf like he was during Thursday night's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars?

    Jameis Winston, left, tries to hang on to the ball as Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler tries to strip it from him.