Stuart Sternberg’s comments yesterday were firm, but they weren’t unexpected. Since then he has ramped up the rhetoric, even threatening to sell if Tampa and St. Pete can’t work together

“If I don’t get the sense there’s real cooperation, I’d sell the team,” Sternberg said this afternoon at a Tampa Tribune editorial board meeting.

Now this is getting serious. Sternberg is one of the best owners in any sport. And no matter who the new owner would be, it would be the equivalent of giving Harrison Ford’s character to Ben Affleck in the prequel.

Somewhere, Vince Naimoli is chuckling to himself.

Other highlights from Sternberg’s visit with the Tribune

  • He has lost “between $10 million and $100 million,” investing in the Rays.
  • Taxpayers or private investors will have to pick up more than half of the cost of a new stadium that will cost at least $500 million.
  • Construction on a new stadium will not begin in the next 2-3 years, saying it will take time to finalize a stadium proposal.
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  1. Amanda says:

    When does the St. Pete's mayor's term end?

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    • Brixology says:

      He just started. And he was, as I recall, the most moderate candidate on the issue of the Rays. There were a couple very anti-Rays candidates.

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      • Amanda says:

        That's not good. I'd have rather seen an anti-Rays mayor who wouldn't mind seeing them go to Tampa or Clearwater. *sigh*

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  2. Aaron says:

    To be honest I don't blame Stu for his comments here.

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  3. Nick says:

    They've already done that (See: The Sum of All Fears). or maybe you knew that already?

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  4. Chris says:

    I don't believe the 10 - 100 million lost figure. Hell, the Pirates make money every year.

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  5. rayray says:

    Plz , pretty plz sell the RaysStu, so we can get a majority owner that cares about our the local bay area and not some ex wall street exec with social security financial backing just caring about fattening his pockets and where the next $ is coming from. He should have done his due diligent homework on the St. Pete / Tampa market before investing in the team He's not going to hold this community (St. Pete/Pinellas County/Surrounding Bay Area) who willing support and love the being home to Rays hostage, because it's not going to work and we're smart enough to fall for your minor leaque antics.... Again, I beg, plz sell the Rays Stu and buy your beloved Mets, good riddance....

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