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Ken Hagan says negotiations with the Tampa Bay Rays will be transparent, with one exception

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As negotiations continue between Hillsborough County and the Tampa Bay Rays about a potential new stadium, Commissioner Ken Hagan said on Wednesday he wants county staff to put out a request for proposal to have an underwriting team ready to sell stadium revenue bonds. “My goal is to come up with a game plan within one year that will ensure that the team remain in Tampa Bay for decades to come,” the commissioner told his colleagues. Hagan is part of a…

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The Rays deal: What does it all mean?

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It’s been a little more than a year since the first round of Rick Kriseman administration excitement over a proposed deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. Closing out his first year in office, St. Pete’s mayor managed to emerge from Tropicana Field practically holding hands with Brian Auld, the team’s president, with a deal in hand. Queue the City Council rejection. Since then the saga has been a whirlwind of Kriseman’s testy comments to stubborn council members who refused to…

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New Tampa Bay Rays deal not likely to look like old one

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman is planning a series of sit-downs with individual City Council members in hopes of earning support for a new deal with the Tampa Bay Rays to let the team search for new stadium sites outside of St. Pete. The move is not surprising. While Kriseman and his staff had no comment on the issue, it’s likely they’ve been counting the days until January. This weekend, two new council members will be sworn in. One of…

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Rays President Brian Auld fields fast pitches and softballs at Tiger Bay

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In a rare public appearance, Tampa Bay Rays President Brian Auld candidly spoke about the team’s intention to do everything possible to stay in the Tampa Bay region. Despite his assurances that management prefers staying in the region, Auld said little to indicate whether the future of baseball in St. Pete was certain. “We’re going to work to keep this franchise here for generations to come,” Auld said during a Suncoast Tiger Bay luncheon at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club…

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Tampa Bay Rays to host Pride Night on Friday

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The Chicago-Tampa Bay rivalry moves from the hockey rinks to the baseball diamond this weekend when the White Sox travel to St. Petersburg to play the Rays for three games at Tropicana Field beginning Friday night. That game will also be Tampa Bay Rays Pride Night. The Rays are inviting fans who want to help the ball club support the local LGBT community the opportunity to purchase a specially priced seat in the lower box area, with partial proceeds from each…

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Rick Kriseman plans to build new baseball stadium at Walter Fuller Park

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman announced plans to expand one of the baseball fields at Walter Fuller Park into a small stadium used for International Baseball games and college games. The new stadium is intended to attract increased baseball-related events to the area. “We believe that quality international and college baseball can serve as an economic driver for West St. Petersburg,” Kriseman said. Kriseman plans to ask the county’s Tourist Development Council to fund the project using existing bed tax…

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