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I get it. We might not be capable of spending with the Yankees and Red Sox. But if we keep harping on it then it permeates the minds of the players. And we don't want the players to think that we're at any competitive disadvantage.Archer's comments echo the longstanding theory on this blog that ownership's years of lamenting have created a self-fulfilling prophecy, of diminished fan interest in attending games.
Getting a better television deal -- their current deal runs through 2018 -- and moving to the Tampa side in an outdoor (retractable roof?) stadium would probably help matters and enable the Rays to push up into the low-20s in payroll and that's probably all they'd need to be more consistently winning.Snyder's suggestion that the Rays' payroll would surpass 6-8 teams - if they only had a new stadium - also seems far-fetched. But weirder things have happened.
@StadiumShadow @jonmorosi Based on @trudelpierre comments, Rays studies was performed few months ago. https://t.co/UXC9n3nkAJ— Patrice Derome (@PatriceDerome) November 8, 2016
In a way, the #Rays crossed the Rubicon today with this non-denial denial. You can't put Pandora back in the box now. https://t.co/gOKETFy7gz— Shadow of Stadium (@StadiumShadow) November 7, 2016
What has been offered is a region-wide search for a better location and Foster already knows what that would yield: a Tampa vs. St. Pete tug-of-war.And sure enough, in 2016, after the Rays have conducted months of behind-closed-doors meetings with elected officials, the tug-of-war is exactly what we have as Tampa and St. Pete both prepare "competing" offers for a new stadium.
At least the $1 million in Hillsborough County bed tax money will be better spent on this "heads-in-beds" event than it would be on a straight-up subsidy to another local rich guy.NO KEN HAGAN, one college football game in Tampa will not create 1,800 jobs. https://t.co/m1ebQNtoHo https://t.co/chyJK1zHcs— Shadow of Stadium (@StadiumShadow) November 2, 2016
In other news, I reported last week how the Bucs were seeking state dollars to help subsidize their Raymond James Stadiums renovations - and how they then planned to raise ticket prices again when completed - but it turns out they'll be the only applicant this year after Florida's legislature rejected all applicants in each of the last two years.Someone please stop Ken Hagan from making job claims. https://t.co/chyJK1zHcs— Shadow of Stadium (@StadiumShadow) November 2, 2016