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Happy anniversary to Noah Pransky’s Shadow of the Stadium

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Happy Anniversary to Noah Pransky’s Shadow of the Stadium: One year ago this week – when the ABC Coalition was still in its relative infancy, before the Rays started pining about attendance, and before the Rays-to-Tampa bandwagon had picked up any steam – I started a blog. My first post identified what the ABC Coalition, the Rays, and dozens of media outlets would go on to say later – that the real reason for the team’s attendance troubles is the location…

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Happy anniversary to Noah Pransky’s Shadow of the Stadium

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Happy Anniversary to Noah Pransky’s Shadow of the Stadium: One year ago this week — when the ABC Coalition was still in its relative infancy, before the Rays started pining about attendance, and before the Rays-to-Tampa bandwagon had picked up any steam – I started a blog. My first post identified what the ABC Coalition, the Rays, and dozens of media outlets would go on to say later — that the real reason for the team’s attendance troubles is the location…

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Rays stadium in Tampa won’t happen if Hillsborough County has to pay

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On the day they met with the ABC Coalition, Hillsborough County Commissioners passed a motion pledging support for a new stadium if – and when – the Rays decide to talk to them. However, a majority of the commissioners also pledged not to use public money to finance a stadium. Most experts consider the lack of public dollars an insurmountable hurdle to moving the Rays to Tampa. “It’s just not going to happen,” said Craig Sher from the ABC Coalition…

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Rays stadium in Tampa won’t happen if Hillsborough County has to pay

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On the day they met with the ABC Coalition, Hillsborough County Commissioners passed a motion pledging support for a new stadium if – and when – the Rays decide to talk to them. However, a majority of the commissioners also pledged not to use public money to finance a stadium. Most experts consider the lack of public dollars an insurmountable hurdle to moving the Rays to Tampa. “It’s just not going to happen,” said Craig Sher from the ABC Coalition…

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Rays ‘not prepared’ to answer tough question

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From Noah Pransky’s Shadow of the Stadium blog: The ABC Coalition visited Pinellas County’s Tourist Development Council today, and St. Pete City Council Chair Leslie Curran had a chance to speak directly to Rays Senior VP Michael Kalt. “Do you want to stay in St. Pete?” she asked, according to the Tampa Tribune. Kalt’s response was: “That’s not a question we’re prepared to answer right now…we want to stay in the Tampa Bay area and find the best place to…

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Rays ‘not prepared’ to answer tough question

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From Noah Pransky’s Shadow of the Stadium blog: The ABC Coalition visited Pinellas County’s Tourist Development Council today, and St. Pete City Council Chair Leslie Curran had a chance to speak directly to Rays Senior VP Michael Kalt. “Do you want to stay in St. Pete?” she asked, according to the Tampa Tribune. Kalt’s response was: “That’s not a question we’re prepared to answer right now…we want to stay in the Tampa Bay area and find the best place to…

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Craig Sher comes to Tiger Bay

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When the ABC Coalition of business and civic leaders completed more than a year’s study of baseball alternatives, Mayor Bill Foster deemed the findings too hot to handle.  Well not for the Tigers!  Craig Sher of the Coalition will enter the den and walk us through the options and take your questions.  What will it take to keep the Rays in St. Petersburg?  In Pinellas County? In the Tampa Bay region?  How and when can our recession-plagued community come up…

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