Moving the Raiders to St. Louis was something the NFL really considered in 2014, according to the report.

The Raiders have now been in Las Vegas for two full seasons, but if the NFL had gone ahead with an idea that was floated in 2014, the Raiders would never have made it to Las Vegas and that’s because they would have ended up in St. Louis. .

That wild piece of information was one of many things that came to light last week after the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was able to obtain many of the court records from the lawsuit between the city of St. Louis and the NFL. In the lawsuit, the league agreed to a $790 million payment in a settlement reached with the city in November.

The lawsuit was filed by the city over the Rams’ decision to leave St. Louis. According to court documents, it was made abundantly clear that the Rams were privately making plans to leave St. Louis in 2013 despite publicly saying they wanted to stay. In January 2014, Rams owner Stan Kroenke bought a giant piece of land in Los Angeles, which is where the SoFi Stadium would eventually be built. At the time of the purchase, Kroenke insisted that the land was not to be built for a stadium.

Though the NFL wouldn’t admit it publicly, it was pretty clear the Rams were leaving St. Louis. To keep fans happy in St. Louis, the NFL came up with a crazy plan: move the Raiders there.

From the Post-Dispatch, “The league actually contemplated, at one point, the Raiders moving to St. Louis, complete with restructured ownership and a rebranding.”

That information comes from court documents that the NFL probably never thought would see the light of day. Not only is it crazy that the league would think of moving the Raiders to St. Louis, but it’s also crazy that they wanted to do it with “restructured ownership.” It’s not exactly clear what that means, but it does hint that the NFL would have wanted someone other than Mark Davis in charge.

Of course, the craziest idea would have been to do a brand makeover for the Raiders, who have one of the most iconic brands not just in the NFL, but in all of sports.

It’s unclear why the NFL shied away from trying to get the Raiders to move to St. Louis, but it could have been because Davis wanted nothing to do with it. In March 2016, when Davis was still trying to get a new stadium in Oakland, he was asked about the possibility of moving to St. Louis and vehemently rejected the idea.

“It’s just that the Raider brand is a different brand, I think, and I just don’t think St. Louis would maximize it,” Davis said at the time, via the Post-Dispatch. “I just don’t feel in my heart that that’s where the Raiders are going to be. Wherever we put this stadium, it’s going to be for the rest of my life. And I just want it to be the right place.”

At the time of this comment, Davis was willing to move his team to virtually any city that would have been willing to build him a stadium, except St. Louis.

In the end, the Raiders moved to Las Vegas, the Rams moved to Los Angeles, and the NFL got stuck in a $790 million court settlement for leaving St. Louis.

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