Avoiding embarrassment might be enough to make Kroenke pay up

Unfortunately for those in St. Louis waiting for a check, sports economist expert Patrick Rishe says there still could be years of court battles before the case is resolved.

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Fear of embarrassment or legal exposure by NFL owners could mean some big money is coming St. Louis's way – courtesy of Stan Kroenke and the NFL.

That's the theory of Washington University sports economist Patrick Rishe, who writes in Forbes Magazine that a long-running lawsuit by St. Louis against the Rams for abandoning the city is quietly gaining steam. 

You may recall a recent court ruling ordering NFL owners to turn over years worth of cell phone records. It's the latest in a string of court victories for St. Louis over the Rams. Rische told KMOX's Tom Ackerman on Sports on a Sunday Morning, that simply avoiding embarrassment might be enough to get Kroenke to pay up. 

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"You've got to believe there is a smoking gun out there," Rishe says. "Whether it's Kroenke's communications or other NFL owners. We know (Dallas Cowboys owner) Jerry Jones was very vocal in helping make this particular result with the Rams getting there way and getting the facility in Inglewood. If there is something out there, you know these people are going to pay good money to make sure it doesn't see the light."

Rishe says there still could be years of court battles before the case is resolved.

You can hear the full conversation Rishe had with our sports director Tom Ackerman on Sports on a Sunday morning: 

Click here to read the full report by Rishe at Forbes.com

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