The Rams must give tickets to season some people who have purchased licenses for personal seats while the NFL team was in St. Louis and the PSL are still valid despite the move of the team to Los Angeles, according to a decision published district court Wednesday.
The Rams must also refund deposits for others who bought the PSL, if a district judge could not determine an amount for these deposits.
Three different parties have pursued the Rams regarding the more than 46,000 people who bought the PSL before the team left for Los Angeles in January. Some applicants paid as much as $ 1,000 for licenses, which grant the right to buy season tickets.
Two of the parties continues, Envision LLC and Richard Arnold, argued that their PSL were still valid despite the relocation of the Rams and had the right to buy season tickets to Los Angeles. The Rams have argued that the contracts were terminated by the move.
The third plaintiff, Ronald McAllister, argued that the Rams in effect terminated their contracts with PSL holders when they relocated, and therefore deserved PSL holders refunds on their deposits, according to the language of the contract.
A spokesman for the Rams could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.
The decision could be of great interest to St. Louis PSL owners wishing to sell their PSL now that the franchise is worth more Rams and all potential PSL for the new Los Angeles Rams stadium could reach much higher prices .
District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. based his decision on the fact that two different types of PSL contracts were issued.
Some were sold by the Rams ticket agent, FANS Inc., and others were sold by the Rams.
Both agreements say that if the Rams play in a place other than their regular stadium St. Louis, the Rams should "use its best efforts" to provide seats for PSL holders.
The judge decided that people who bought the PSL FANS can not buy season tickets because the FANS contract clearly states that a relocation Rams would end the contract, making the "best efforts" theoretical language.
However, the Rams should "use its best efforts" to provide season tickets for those who bought directly from PSL team, because this particular contract stipulates the agreement PSL ended with offshoring.
Although both contracts and FANS Rams say a PSL holder can sue for damages on the PSL, the Rams failed to present this as an argument or even mention it in court, according to Wednesday's decision.
McAllister in the trial, the judge noted that the contract FANS said the Rams have the right to terminate the contract for any PSL "all or part" of reason and refund of deposit of the PSL holder.
However, "deposit" is not defined in the contract FANS. The judge promised to determine the amount of a deposit at a later date.
The Rams now play at the Los Angeles Coliseum. They will play in a new stadium in Inglewood, Calif., From 2019.