Former Cardinals team president Mark Lamping has been hired to perform the same role for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.
Let the conspiracy theories begin.
A lot of folks these days believe that the Rams are going to take advantage of their opportunity to break their St. Louis lease. And the fact that a bidder for the Rams when they were sold about a year ago is from central Illinois and ended up buying the Jaguars instead only serves to stoke the fire under talk that St. Louis' current NFL franchise will depart for its former home in Los Angeles in a package deal to bring the sad sack Jaguars in to fill the void in St. Louis.
Lamping is a St. Louis guy with a history at the A-B brewery before being put in charge of the Cardinals. He was born here, he went to high school here and, frankly, the only reason he left is because the chairman of the Redbirds wanted to put his son in the president's chair. Lamping spoke of his reluctance to leave St. Louis at the time he stepped down from the Cardinals. After a wildy succesful tenure with the Redbirds that saw Lamping hire Walt Jocketty and Tony La Russa, get Busch Stadium III built and put the Birds on footing to win the 2006 World Series, he went on to head up the effort to build the New York Giants new football stadium.
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Could there be a better fit for the president of a potential St. Louis NFL team? Lamping is a guy the pulse of the St. Louis sports market who also has experience getting first class sports facilities built.