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Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg focused on 2021 uncertainties, Montreal plan

Like many others, Sternberg expected more clarity by now about next season, such as whether teams will play a full 162-game schedule and if spring training camps will open as planned in mid-February and the season on April 1. But those details and others remain fluid due to coronavirus concerns and distribution of the vaccine over the next few months, a period he calls “the storm before the calm,” with the chance “get some normalcy back into everyday life.”

Sternberg is not sure if or how many fans will be allowed for the Rays’ scheduled April 9 home opener vs. the Yankees but feels “pretty confident that come the summer we’re going to be able to have in as many fans as would like to be at our ballpark.”

He noted — ”tongue in cheek, but it’s the truth” — the Rays likely could do so with social-distancing restrictions in place, though they would be happy to adjust if demand increases: “Most of our games are attended by less than 10,000 people, so we could probably for the most part run a normal stadium operation.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2020 at 08:26 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: December 10, 2020 at 08:35 AM (#5993499)
He’s the first owner who I have heard come right out and say they lost more money by playing than not playing. In his case it may be simply be the loss of revenue sharing. But an interesting comment nonetheless.

I continue to think that spring training will be delayed at least a month and the season will be shorter again. Maybe 100 games starting on June 1 with spring training starting in middle of April.

I’ll be interested to see how the CBA negotiations go. It seems like the players should simply want to kick the can for a couple years and play under the old agreement. Seems like any negotiation will lead to a loss in this environment. They should be happy to keep what they have
   2. sunday silence (again) Posted: December 10, 2020 at 02:09 PM (#5993565)

He’s the first owner who I have heard come right out and say they lost more money by playing than not playing.

BUt there's no way to say definitively, is there? I mean if they took off the entire year. Then how much less attendance and viewing do they see in 2021? they would definitely take a hit there. Also a hit on player development but maybe thats a wash.

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