I've heard that some, so here's my stance on that, for one final time.
The region is getting more than $500 million from the settlement after legal fees.
It was only really out of pocket $18 million from what turned out to be a rigged attempt to keep the team.
It's making back more than what it spent on the Dome in the first place, even.
The nearly $800 million was one of the biggest settlements the NFL has handed out, on a subject it has fought and won on time and time again in other places, most recently in Oakland just this week.
The case might not have been so strong on appeal, even after a big win at trial, and the NFL would have immediately appealed. The league does better on appeals than trials.
I can't comprehend winning more than $500 million being equated to "nothing."
Even if you don't trust the region to spend it wisely, that's a warped read on what happened here.
The on-the-stand stuff people so desperately wanted to see was not going to happen. You can't compel out-of-state defendants to show up and take the stand in a civil trial like this would have been. The likely outcome would have been the depositions that were already recorded getting played in front of jury members.
Most of the smoking-gun stuff was already aired in pretrial hearings. The St. Louis side wisely made sure of that. It's all there for anyone who cares, though many don't and wont. That was not going to be made different by a trial. Those who wanted to ignore it would have.
I can understand why those who were hopeful for an expansion team were disappointed, but the truth is they were misled by people who were either spinning for the NFL or looking for the attention that comes with telling people what they want to hear.