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Friday, January 08, 2016

Kriseman’s proposal would allow Rays to look at possible stadium sites | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune

Sure it is.

Mayor Rick Kriseman sent the city council another agreement with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday in an attempt to determine whether the team stays in the city or leaves.

The new proposal adds a few twists to Kriseman’s original proposal, which would have cost the team up to $24 million to leave Tropicana Field before its lease with the city expires in 2027.

Kriseman called the deal beneficial to “taxpayers, baseball fans, and to those seeking the clarity necessary to invest in our city and our downtown,” on his Facebook page.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2016 at 12:44 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium deals

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Editorial: Last chance to cut Rays stadium deal | Tampa Bay Times

Partner, ha.

The clock is ticking, and the city is losing more leverage. Pinellas needs to decide how best to spend the resort tax. St. Petersburg needs to focus on exploring redevelopment opportunities at the Trop site that could bring in thousands of new jobs, millions of tax dollars and billions of dollars of new spending. And Tampa Bay needs to secure the future of its Major League franchise by partnering with the Rays to build a new stadium in the best location.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2015 at 11:02 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, stadium deals

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Batting Around: Pawtucket Red Sox officially looking for new home | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

If the initial plan wasn’t such a clear money grab, maybe Lucchino would have gotten a stadium built at his preferred location.

“We believe the site along the Providence River is exceptional, and it would have been a win-win-win for the state, the city, and the PawSox, and we tried hard to bring it to fruition,” said Lucchino, in a team-released statement. “We have received word that the site still confronts certain obstacles and lacks the necessary support, and we have been urged to consider other possible sites.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2015 at 07:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, minor leagues, stadium deals

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Editorial: PawSox fiasco - Opinion - providencejournal.com - Providence, RI

This is the oldest ownership ploy in the book. You can’t extort a community without an option, whether the option is truly viable or not.

The new owners — several of whom have Rhode Island connections — have made plain they will not keep the franchise at McCoy Stadium, an outmoded park in a gritty industrial neighborhood of Pawtucket. Are Worcester or Springfield, medium-sized cities in Massachusetts, options? We have our doubts. Greater Providence remains one of AAA baseball’s best markets.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, stadium deals, stadiums

 

 

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