Forbes: Tampa Bay Rays to be contracted by 2014

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Check out these fighting words from Forbes:

Strong push in Major League Baseball to dump the Tampa Bay Rays. From what I am hearing, I doubt there will be any baseball at Tropicana Field after 2014 even though the team? lease runs to 2027. The harsh reality is the Rays still have no fan support despite winning the AL East two out of the past three seasons and making it to the 2008 World Series. Stuart Sternberg? group has done a good job of turning the team around on the diamond and developing and trading for young players since taking control in 2004. But the Rays have averaged only 23,000 at the gate the past three seasons even though prices have been slashed and in 2010 the team had the second-lowest ticket prices in the AL ($19.75). It is getting impossible for the Rays to ink great talent.David Price and Evan Longoria dissed their fans for not supporting the team last year and Carl Crawford bolted for the Red Sox this winter. High-revenue team owners tell me the Rays are dead brand that needs to be pulled from life support. I could not agree more.

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