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A lengthy legal battle between the NFL and the city of St. Louis stemming from the Rams' 2016 move to L.A. is nearing its end, and things don't look good for the league.

Why it matters: One possible outcome could see the NFL grant St. Louis an expansion team.

The backdrop: In 2017, St. Louis sued the NFL for breaching its relocation policy, and the city believes it is owed billions in damages.

  • St. Louis argues that Rams owner Stan Kroenke did not make a good-faith effort to keep the team in Missouri, and that the NFL let it slide because it wanted the team in the nation's second-largest market.
  • Barring a settlement, the lawsuit — currently in discovery after four years of proceedings — will go to trial on Jan. 10, weeks before Kroenke's SoFi Stadium hosts the Super Bowl.

The latest: Kroenke blindsided his fellow owners last week when he announced plans — through lawyers — to renege on a signed agreement from 2016 requiring him to pay any relocation-related legal fees.

  • Tens of millions of dollars in fees have already accrued, and if the case goes St. Louis' way, that number could reach well over a billion.
  • Kroenke argues he's not to blame for the protracted battle in court, and if his gambit succeeds, all 32 owners — not just him — would have to share the burden of that cost.

What to watch: A trial could be disastrous for the NFL, with information uncovered in discovery suggesting it may indeed have breached its policy. To avoid a courtroom, the league could try to settle with St. Louis by promising the city an expansion team.

Go deeper: Explaining the St. Louis-NFL lawsuit (SI)

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Updated Nov 30, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

20 Twin Cities holiday markets to shop this season

The European Christmas Park at St. Paul Union Depot. Photo courtesy of Union Depot

You've probably heard the warnings: Holiday shopping might be riddled with supply chain logjams this year. Want to skip the headache and support local businesses?

  • Holiday markets are already getting underway across the metro. Check out our list of where you can find unique gifts this season.
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Australia joins U.S. in diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

Australia is joining the U.S. in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games in protest of human rights abuses committed by China's government, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Wednesday.

Driving the news: After the Biden administration's announcement that U.S. officials won't attend the Games due to the ongoing genocide of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region of China, Morrison said at a Sydney briefing that Australia would follow suit as "it's the right thing to do."

Progressives to file resolution to strip Boebert's committee seats

Rep. Lauren Boebert walking through the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House progressives are planning to introduce a resolution on Wednesday to strip Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) of her committee assignments, according to a Democratic aide familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: The move, which was first reported by the Washington Post, comes as progressives — anxious to see the right-wing firebrand face retribution for her recent comments — have grown frustrated by Democratic leadership's inaction on the issue.