By Rob Rains

For the sixth consecutive year, STLSportsPage.com will spend the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve counting down the top seven stories of the year in St. Louis sports. The number one story will be revealed on Dec. 31.

We start this year’s list with the story which ranked seventh in St. Louis sports in 2017 - the decision by St. Louis voters to reject public financing of a stadium for a Major League Soccer team.

The proposal would have allocated $60 million from a business use tax to help fund a 22,000-seat stadium, which would have been built downtown and likely would have led MLS to award an expansion franchise to the city.

Supporters of the proposal blamed the defeat on a higher than expected voter turnout. The measure lost by about 3,300 votes out of approximately 60,000 votes, the most in an April election in the city in decades, according to political officials. Voters in St. Louis County were not eligible to cast ballots on the proposal.

In November MLS announced four finalists for two expansion franchises, not including St. Louis, and the first of those franchises was awarded to Nashville earlier this month.

On Tuesday we will reveal the story which ranked sixth on our list of the top stories of the year in St. Louis sports.