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Tampa Bay Rowdies MLS chances improve as St. Louis rejects soccer stadium plan

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Chances St. Petersburg will get a Major League Soccer expansion franchise improved Tuesday after voters in St. Louis rejected a proposal to use public money for a new soccer stadium. For a city that just lost the NFL Rams, St. Louis residents could just not justify spending $60 million for a new stadium. The stadium plan lost by 3,000 votes, 47 to 53 percent. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, MLS commissioner Don Garber said he was “’confident’ St. Louis…

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Rowdies, Orlando City rivalry ‘adds value’ to St. Pete MLS bid, says commissioner

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Rivalry is good for soccer, and that’s good for the chances of the Tampa Bay Rowdies securing a Major League Soccer franchise. In January, Rowdies’ owner Bill Edwards delivered the team’s expansion application to MLS headquarters, after being named one of the 11 candidates in the running for an expansion team. Tampa Bay currently is the largest media market in the U.S. without an MLS franchise. Sports Illustrated recently hinted that Orlando City SC’s proximity also could prove a negative,…

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Easy call: St. Pete Cty Council to set Al Lang referendum

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If all issues before the St. Petersburg City Council were as easy as the once members will consider Thursday morning, anyone could do the job. The Council has a vote scheduled to set a referendum on a plan to privately renovate Al Lang Stadium. That’s so a bid by Tampa Bay Rowdies’ owner Bill Edwards to obtain a Major League Soccer franchise for the city can continue. If the vote is anything but yes, the Council will have lost an…

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Bill Edwards ‘more than entertained’ idea of partnership between Rowdies, David Beckham

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For David Beckham, the clock may be running down on a Miami stadium deal for his long-awaited Major League Soccer franchise. But, as Empire of Soccer’s Jake Nutting says, another option may be on the table – a partnership with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. “Only a little under a month into formally launching their campaign to bring the league back to Tampa Bay,” Nutting writes, “the Rowdies say they have contacted David Beckham a few times to gauge his interest…

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MLS Commissioner’s deadline on Miami stadium could be good news for Bill Edwards, Rowdies

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Bill Edwards’ effort to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to St. Petersburg may have received a major boost from MLS Commissioner Don Garber. Last week, the Miami Herald reported that Garber put a time limit on the prospective MLS stadium in Miami set up by superstar soccer player David Beckham. “There is a deadline on the Miami deal,” Garber told reporters in Toronto. And if Beckham fails to meet that as-yet-unspecified deadline, MLS owners may have to turn to…

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