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Rams' request to upgrade Edward Jones Dome rejected

The government body that runs the Edward Jones Dome has rejected the St. Louis Rams' request for $700 million in renovations.

A clause in the Rams' contract requires the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission to provide the franchise with a "first-tier" stadium -- in the top eight of 32 NFL teams -- by 2005 and again by 2015, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

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To ensure that the stadium would remain first-tier, the Rams proposed a publicly funded overhaul that would include a sliding roof, reconfigured seating and two end-zone "party platforms."

The CVC still wants to negotiate, but they "simply don't have the money" to green light the Rams' proposal, regional chairman Jim Shrewsbury said. The current lease runs through the 2014 season, which means the Rams can go year-to-year starting in 2015.

That sticky situation could lead to calls for a new stadium and perhaps even threats of returning the franchise to Los Angeles.

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