New Stadium

  • St. Pete Worried Rays Will File For Bankruptcy

    St. Pete Worried Rays Will File For Bankruptcy

    May 2, 2011 at 10:00 am 3 comments

    We have long speculated that the one way the Rays may be able to get out of their Tropicana Field contract, would be to file bankruptcy. Apparently this worries the city of St. Pete also. In preparation for a stadium battle that could ultimately end up in the courts, the […]

     
  • Tampa Mayor Doesn’t Want To Be The Rays’ “Boyfriend”

    April 27, 2011 at 8:00 am 7 comments

    In some of the most telling quotes yet from the east side of the Bay, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn says he doesn’t want to get involved in the Rays nasty divorce from the city of St. Pete. During a Q&A session with the Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Buckhorn said that […]

     
  • Silverman Says Stories Of MLB Pushing Stadium Issue Are “Just Rumors”

    Silverman Says Stories Of MLB Pushing Stadium Issue Are “Just Rumors”

    April 18, 2011 at 10:00 am 0 comments

    Michael Sasso writes about a recent meeting with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, in which Rays team president Matt Silverman urged Tampa business leaders to be the public voice pushing for a new stadium east of the bay. Of course, this is necessary because the Rays are not allowed […]

     
  • Idea Of Contracting Rays Is Silly, But Can’t Be Ignored

    Idea Of Contracting Rays Is Silly, But Can’t Be Ignored

    April 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm 22 comments

    Yesterday we heard the latest cry from some within baseball’s inner circle looking for the Tampa Bay Rays to be contracted. This immediately led to some (once again) explaining why contraction is a silly idea and why it will never happen in Major League Baseball. But that doesn’t mean that […]

     
  • Some In Baseball Want Rays Contracted By 2015

    April 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm 33 comments

    Prior to the Rays opener on Friday, Stuart Sternberg and St. Pete mayor Bill Foster exchanged some more damning rhetoric on the Rays’ quest for a new stadium. Sternberg said that it was imperitive that progress be made on the new stadium, noting that “[his] patience is greater than Major […]

     
  • What If Residents Loaned Rays Money For New Stadium?

    What If Residents Loaned Rays Money For New Stadium?

    December 2, 2010 at 8:30 am 15 comments

    The big topic recently in the Rays quest for a new stadium has been the debate over Tampa versus St. Pete. But the bigger problem is how would either city pay for a new stadium. Everybody agrees that in this economy, it will take some creative financing to get funding […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Shields To The Rockies, Giving Away Tickets And Burrell’s Pact With The Devil

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Shields To The Rockies, Giving Away Tickets And Burrell’s Pact With The Devil

    November 2, 2010 at 6:11 am 9 comments

    So our nightmare has come true. Pat Burrell won his second World Series ring, this time with the San Francisco Giants. And he did it on the Rays’ dime. It was kinda nice to see Burrell go 0-13 with 11 strikeouts in the Fall Classic. The final four at bats […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Crawford As A Tiger, Money For A New Park And Sonny’s Induction

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Crawford As A Tiger, Money For A New Park And Sonny’s Induction

    October 28, 2010 at 6:17 am 3 comments

    Somebody else speculated on this last week and now Ken Rosenthal confirms that the Detroit Tigers have “big interest” in Carl Crawford. We have said this before, but Crawford in a Tigers uniform makes almost too much sense. With that huge outfield, Crawford’s defense is worth far more than it […]

     
  • Would Fans Help Pay For Rays Stadium If Given A Slice Of Ownership?

    Would Fans Help Pay For Rays Stadium If Given A Slice Of Ownership?

    October 27, 2010 at 8:30 am 6 comments

    In my latest piece for Business Insider, I wonder if fans would be more willing to commit tax dollars to new stadiums if they were given ownership of the team in return. This is particularly relevant to the Rays as they seek a new stadium in the Bay Area during […]

     
  • Is Bud Selig Prepping The Rays Impending Threat To Leave Tampa Bay Area?

    Is Bud Selig Prepping The Rays Impending Threat To Leave Tampa Bay Area?

    October 8, 2010 at 9:30 am 39 comments

    Buried in the middle of this piece at ESPN.com by Howard Bryant, is this little nugget… According to sources, baseball commissioner Bud Selig has instructed Rays management not to make significant financial investments in the area until attendance indicators improve, suggesting the team could be investing in potential relocation sites. […]