Our best-case scenarios probably differ.
I have zero interest in seeing an NFL team in STL again.
I know I'm probably in the minority there in terms of sports fans and followers.
If one comes, I'd cover it. Sure. That would be part of my job. But when you see behind the curtain of so much corruption, you can't forget what you saw. At least I can't.
I'd like to see a massive amount of money come STL's way, either by trial win that is upheld via an appeal that will be immediate, or a massive settlement.
I'd also like to see this lawsuit force a change in how the NFL threatens cities with relocation-related greed grabs moving forward. I think it can make a real and lasting change in the idea that the NFL can just do whatever the hell it wants and get away with it no matter what. If the league does settle, it admits by doing so that its relocation guidelines do in fact set a standard, one that every other relocation issue from this point forward can come back to to cite. If the league goes to trial and loses, that fact -- that the relocation guidelines are indeed a binding agreement -- becomes even harder to ignore in other shakedowns across the country.
Everyone wants to know what would happen with the hypothetical money, and how it would be split up, and what it would go toward. But you don't cross that bridge until you get there. There will be many opinions about how it should be spent if it does arrive, and hopefully it will be used to help the city and the region in many ways.
You should care because the NFL thinks it can keep doing this kind of stuff without ever having to be held accountable for anyting. It can blackball Colin Kaepernick one day and showcase Jerry Jones kneeling during the national anthem the next, and claim to be progressive. It can lie to players about concussions one day and then pat itself on the back for offering a lowball settlement for years of deceit on the topic the next. It can hold up the relocation guidelines like the Ten Commandments one day and have its lawyers shrug them off as nothing more than an internal document the next. It can lie again and again and again and never have to answer for it. Unless someone says enough already. That's why I think you should care.