Ken Rosenthal sees the Rays winning. He sees the Rays low attendance figures. He thinks he has a “radical” solution. In actuality, his solution is unoriginal and kinda idiotic…
The bottom line: Even if the Rays did everything right — built a state-of-the-art facility, generated the same momentum that the Twins did before moving into Target Field — success hardly would be guaranteed.
Here’s a thought: Contraction…Not of markets, per se, though unfortunately that would happen…Of ownerships.
This is so dumb on many levels. The biggest of which is that Stuart Sternberg is the poster-child for winning with a low payroll. He has proven to other owners that they don’t have to spend wildly to be successful. Why in the H-E-Doublehockeysticks would the league get rid of an owner that will save them hundreds of millions of dollars?
And while Rays attendance is still low compared to most teams, it has steadily increased every year since 2005. What company would ever kill a product that is actually increasing in sales?
And of course there is no guarantee that a new stadium in Tampa would be a success. But 23 teams have built new stadiums since 1991. Success was hardly guaranteed for many of those teams.
And it is comical that Rosenthal feels he is justified in analyzing the Rays attendance without including Yankees games and yet somehow those games still count for every other team in the AL.
Television ratings have doubled in the last year. Interest in this team is up. If they continue to win, attendance will also be up. And once the Bay Area gives the fans a stadium that is convenient to get to, attendance will be just fine.
In the meantime, there is no sense getting upset about Rosenthal’s comments. Unless of course a short person living up to the “Napolean Complex” stereotype upsets you.