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The funding dynamic may have just shifted in St. Louis. Potentially, anyways.

Missouri Speaker of the House John Diehl, a Republican from St. Louis County, just resigned not only his position as Speaker but his seat in the legislature over a sexually charged texting scandal with a college freshman intern.

Diehl was an ally of the Stadium Task Force. He'd already brokered a deal to keep a bill from limiting or blocking the bond extension possibility, and was likely going to be relied on for more. That can't happen now.

Maybe they have enough other allies. We'll see. But it's definitely something to watch.

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Paging through the screenshots has revealed this exchange to be the most Missourian of the lot:

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Showing off his seven-course dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. I empathize; I remember going to a Ruby Tuesday in Jeff City and considering that as good as it got.

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To be fair, that's suburbanism/rural surburbanism in a nutshell.

Friggin' Bloomington-Normal, IL is like the chain capital of the world.

Lots of great eats in STL, though.

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You don't have to take everything quite so personally. I'm sure St. Louis is a fine town, with many lovely features and people with good hearts untouched by sin. But them's the jokes. :P

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Wait the intern was from Missouri Southern State?

WTF man can't you do better than Joplin at least?

EDIT wikipedia says he was the chair of the ethics committee prior to this year. That's Illinois tier man-YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS :censored: UP!

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You don't have to take everything quite so personally. I'm sure St. Louis is a fine town, with many lovely features and people with good hearts untouched by sin. But them's the jokes. :P

I guess it looks that way since I respond to darn near everything St. Louis related, but I wasn't, I promise!

In fact, I pretty much make it a point not to take anything admiral says seriously... ;)

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owners meeting is this week. You should get a pretty good idea of what's going on here shortly. I heard a couple of interesting interviews yesterday on the radio. The rams are gone. Pencil it in. No mystery. They are LA bound. its not official but like the guy from St Louis said what more do you need? How many more signs do you need? Anyone else saying otherwise are in total denial. The interest comes from the Raiders vs the Chargers. From the sounds of the San Diego guy, the city really wants to work with the Chargers. If I were a betting man I would say Raiders and rams in LA and San Diego stays put.

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owners meeting is this week. You should get a pretty good idea of what's going on here shortly. I heard a couple of interesting interviews yesterday on the radio. The rams are gone. Pencil it in. No mystery. They are LA bound. its not official but like the guy from St Louis said what more do you need? How many more signs do you need? Anyone else saying otherwise are in total denial. The interest comes from the Raiders vs the Chargers. From the sounds of the San Diego guy, the city really wants to work with the Chargers. If I were a betting man I would say Raiders and rams in LA and San Diego stays put.

I'd be very surprised if the Chargers were to leave San Diego. The city really wants them to stay and with the pressure they had put on them, I see something getting done sooner rather than later. The Raiders on the other hand, I see them good as gone. The Rams, it's not a question of if but when at this point.

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Yup, I agree. I strongly feel the Raiders will be playing in Kroenkes new stadium with the Rams.

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It does seem the most likely.

There's also a lot of potential for selling the two clubs; if it's the Chargers and Raiders or Rams and Chargers, how do you distinguish the two when seling to fans? The Rams/Raiders have a corporate/outsider vibe going on that both teams could exploit.

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Ten years from now, will Oakland have lost all of their teams?

Didn't the A's sign an extension on their lease at the Coliseum? If so, how long does that run? Still any rumbling of the heading to San Jose pending the legal spat with the Giants?

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No, the Giants are still blocking the A's from San Jose.

Last year the A's signed a 10-year lease. They can opt out as early as 2018 by giving two years' notice and paying the remaining years' rent.

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...if it's the Chargers and Raiders or Rams and Chargers, how do you distinguish the two when seling to fans?

The double blue and gold/single blue and gold dynamic, obviously :P

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Ten years from now, will Oakland have lost all of their teams?

Didn't the A's sign an extension on their lease at the Coliseum? If so, how long does that run? Still any rumbling of the heading to San Jose pending the legal spat with the Giants?

A's to San Jose is all but dead. The Giants aren't budging and the league seems inclined to let them hold their line. On top of that a transfer of the SJ stadium land from the city to a successor agency has been deemed in violation of the law so it may be thrown out. And SJ has lost 2 court rounds on their anti-trust litigation. On top of that the A's signed a 10 year lease on the Coliseum this off season.

The Raiders plan on the other hand is "gurgling blood" and will be dead by July. After that they'll likely announce they're heading to LA probably for 2016.

The Warriors are already gone. Their arena plan in SF just got an environmental impact exemption and their only opposition was outed as a couple of malcontent developers, not the grassroots group they claimed to be. They've got full city support (which is nearly unheard of in SF politics). So they'll be in SF by 2018.

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I'm going to give that team a real shot at winning my support. That stadium looks awesome and I prefer my LA teams to actually play in LA.

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Here's some SEMI-related news of the plans for the LA FC stadium near USC.

http://www.espnfc.us/major-league-soccer/story/2456174/mls-los-angeles-football-club-reveals-plans-for-stadium

Curious that it looks almost exactly like the failed Farmer's Field project that would've been a mile up the road...

Except that it's smaller, has a team, and will likely happen.

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Yeah - other than all the details, it's exactly the same. :P

Oh, and less than a quarter of the cost. Take note, St. Louis - this, the most expensive SSS, will cost $250M. Don't waste your money on the NFL when $150M can get you a lovely soccer pitch.

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$150 for a sss is still too much, given St. Louis' financial situation.

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