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The Rams declined comment beyond a brief statement from Executive Vice President of Football Operations Kevin Demoff who said the negotiation process is "confidential under the parties' agreements." The CVC said in a statement only that it is reviewing the team's proposal.
The Rams said their plan would, among other things, seek to make the dome a possible home for the NFL's biggest events: It said the seating improvements "should allow the seating bowl to be economically expanded to accommodate a Super Bowl event."
A sketch provided with the plan shows that the roof panel would not retract to expose the entire field but would open enough to allow natural light on game days. The proposal refers to it as an "operable roof panel."
The CVC has until June 1 to reply to the Rams' plan. Arbitration begins if no agreement is reached by June 15, and the arbitration process could last through the end of the year.
Kroenke is a Missouri native who became minority owner when Georgia Frontiere brought the Rams to her hometown of St. Louis 17 years ago. But he owns an estate in Malibu, Calif., and unsuccessfully sought to purchase baseball's Dodgers, leading to speculation that the Rams could head west after the 2014 season without significant dome upgrade, likely at taxpayer expense.
St. Louis has been through this before. The football Cardinals moved to Arizona after the 1987 season when owner Bill Bidwill was unable to get a stadium of his own. The football and baseball Cardinals shared old Busch Stadium.
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