Anybody have any insights as to the Rams' chances of staying in St. Louis at this point? That stadium issue is obviously a huge one, because of that whole "top-tier venue" clause in the lease. The question is, would the team waive that part and just settle for a number of upgrades to EJD (publicly financed, of course), or would they stick to their guns, likely resulting in them moving elsewhere in the end (frankly, I sort of doubt the city is going to pony up for all the upgrades the Rams likely want if the clause is waived, especially given that the venue hasn't been around all that long, but I could be wrong). I've heard Maryland Heights mentioned as a possible destination if they decided to stay in the St. Louis area, but of course, there's always L.A. I'd love to hear from those who are more knowledgeable than I am about the whole situation.
I've come up with a cool idea for an NBA re-alignment, provided that two more teams enter the league (Kansas City expansion franchise and revival of the Sonics). This would necessitate one team moving east, with Memphis being the likely candidate. WEST: California Division: Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Warriors Northwest Division: Sonics, Blazers, Nuggets, Jazz Southwest Division: Suns, Mavs, Spurs, Rockets Midwest Division: Wolves, Thunder, Kansas City team, Hornets EAST: Northeast Division: Celtics, Knicks, Raptors, Nets (or whatever their name will be in a couple years) Mid-Atlantic Divison: Cavs, Wizards, Bobcats, Sixers Central Division: Bulls, Pistons, Bucks, Pacers Southeast Division: Magic, Heat, Grizzlies, Hawks