March 20, 2016
By Steven Wishnia
St Louis, Missouri – When Rams owner Stan Kroenke announced he was moving the NFL team from St. Louis to Los Angeles, he wanted to leave one thing behind: He wanted the players to continue being covered by Missouri’s workers’ compensation laws, which are significantly stingier than California’s.
But he gave up after the NFL Players Association instructed players’ agents not to sign contracts that said they were governed by the laws of Missouri. “The Rams have relocated to California as evidenced by the fact that they have changed their name on their website to the Los Angeles Rams, are prepared to hold off-season workouts and training camp in California, and will practice and play their home games in California in 2016,” the union said in a memo to agents. “At least we didn’t have to go to court over this one,” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told the Nation. Read more