Missouri suit says fans of L.A.-bound Rams should keep the right to seat licenses

A second lawsuit has been filed in Missouri over the Rams' move to Los Angeles, this time by holders of personal seat licenses who say they should retain their right to seat licenses and season tickets, even in California.

The suit said the PSL agreement in St. Louis granted holders "the right to purchase season tickets for the assigned seats for each and every football season through the year 2025," but did not stipulate that the games had to be in St. Louis.

"It's our position that the PSL holders should be allowed to either purchase tickets in L.A., or to transfer their PSLs to those who want to purchase season tickets in L.A.," said attorney David Bohm. He is representing his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Sue Bohm, along with Edward Mock and Envision LLC, a firm that bought six PSLs for $27,000.

The suit seeks class-action status for more than 30,000 PSL holders. It was filed last week in St. Louis County. Messages seeking comment Thursday from the Rams were not returned.

NFL owners voted Jan. 12 to allow the Rams to relocate to Los Angeles starting next season.

Though St. Louis-area fans might seem unlikely to travel nearly 2,000 miles for football games, resale of PSLs or season tickets could be lucrative. The Rams said Wednesday they collected more than 45,000 season-ticket deposits in just two days. .

A suit filed earlier this month alleged that Kroenke and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff deceived fans by claiming the team had no intention of leaving St. Louis, while plotting the move all along. That suit said the deception violated Missouri's Merchandising Practices Act.

Balls for playoff game left at hotel

Massachusetts State Police came to the rescue before Saturday's NFL playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs by delivering footballs that game officials left at their hotel.

A State Police spokesman said that at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, league officials contacted the Hyatt at Boston's Logan Airport to say that some balls and air pressure gauges had been left behind. The balls were the ones used in the kicking game.

Hotel workers entered the room and a state trooper drove the equipment to Gillette Stadium, arriving about an hour before kickoff. The Patriots beat the Chiefs, 27-20.

The gaffe came about a year after the start of the "Deflategate" scandal, when the Patriots were accused of using underinflated balls. The drama led to league changes in how footballs are handled before games.

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Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart returned to practice along with defensive end Jared Allen, who was diagnosed this week with a broken bone in his foot. Coach Ron Rivera said both players participated on a limited basis Thursday. Rivera said earlier in the week that Allen was doubtful for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Arizona Cardinals but said he may be elevated to questionable depending on how he feels Friday. Rivera held Stewart out of practice Wednesday as a precautionary measure. ... Chiefs Coach Andy Reid promoted Brad Childress and Matt Nagy co-offensive coordinators, just days after Doug Pederson left the job to become the head coach in Philadelphia. Childress had been the spread game analyst and worked on special projects, while Nagy had been in charge of the quarterbacks. ... Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is being replaced in the Pro Bowl because of an injury. Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been added to the Pro Bowl roster as a replacement. A Packers spokesman says there's no other information on Rodgers. ... Raiders rookie receiver Amari Cooper was added to the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement, taking the place of New York Jets wideout Brandon Marshall.

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