I understand St. Louis has received an invitation. St. Louis is a football town. St. Louis, 20th largest metro, is the only metro in the top 50 no closer than a 3 hour drive to the closest NFL team, and also the only one no closer than 2 hours to the closest division I college team. So there is a huge demand for football in out metro. St. Lous is a huge sports city and buys more major league sports tickets per person each year than any other city in North America -- In spite of having only 2 of the 5 major league sports.
https://missouricurrent.wordpress.com/2 ... ties-2017/
There was huge support the for Rams here -- all games were sold out from 1995 through 2008, but it wained a little when they went through the worst 5-year win-loss stretch in NFL history starting in 2007.
https://www.reddit.com/r/nfl/comments/4 ... ed_on_win/
Then Stan Kroenke bough the team in 2010, and mysteriously stopped talking to the fans. Stan jumped in and bought the team in place of long-time Rams season ticket holder Shahid Kahn on the very last day of his option. Now it is obvious he bought the team just for the purpose of moving it to LA for a big dollar payoff. Telling the St. Louis fans the truth would have cost him money, so his VP lied, and said Stan was only looking for Walmart property in LA. (Later it was learned the VP knew the truth 6 months earlier. Litigation by St. Louis is pending.) Many fans figured it out and bailed out the last year anyway.
Ironically, after the move, the Rams got better TV ratings in St. Louis than than they did in LA in 2017. After they left!
St. Louis has a 23-year-old domed stadium (newer than the Alamo dome in San Antonio and many stadia in the NFL). It was designed for NFL football right downtown now being used for monster truck rallies, Taylor Swift and One Direction concerts, and Band competitions. With the upgrades previously offered to Stan Kroenke, it would be fine again for XFL football. Then we can consider building the new $1B open air stadium on the riverfront that was offered to the NFL and Stan Kroenke, that met the NFL Relocation rules for keeping a team.
As a 19-year Rams season ticket holder in St. Louis, I would love to see a better game. As a going away game for charity, old Rams players came back and played a flag football game in the dome with Issac Bruce, Kurt Warner, and Orlando Pace. That game without helmets, was just as entertaining as the brutal game the NFL offers now.
So I would like to see rules changes that emphasize speed, craftiness, deception, good planning, and athleticism over big fat guys making brain-liquifying hits on real athletes to knock them out of games for half the season. Also, I'd like to see rule simplification, such as pass interference. I hate the NFL "bobbling the ball" rule on receptions. Suggestion: if a passed ball touches a player in bounds and never hits the ground, then somebody caught it. I con't care if he bobbled it or not on his way out of bounds.