The St. Louis Rams have withdrawn from a commitment to play National Football League games in London in 2013 and 2014.
The Rams will still play one of their eight regular-season home games in London this season, facing the New England Patriots on Oct. 28 at Wembley Stadium.
The Rams said they pulled out of the games to focus on making upgrades to their stadium, the Edward Jones Dome. If the Rams and the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission fail to meet the NFL’s requirements for a “First Tier” stadium, the team could get out of its lease and leave St. Louis after the 2014 season.
“Our attention needs to be on the ongoing First Tier process,” Rams Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff said in a statement. “We have worked closely with the NFL in coming to this decision and remain key supporters of the international series and its objectives.”
This season marks the first time that the Rams will play a regular-season game outside the U.S.
The franchise previously played three American Bowl preseason games, against the Denver Broncos in London in 1987, against the San Francisco 49ers in Tokyo in 1989 and against the Kansas City Chiefs in Berlin in 1990.
The NFL hasn’t yet said if another team will replace the Rams in its London games in 2013 and 2014. The Rams tied for the NFL’s worst record last season at 2-14.
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