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Stu Sternberg says search for stadium sight is ‘progressing steadily’

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The scoreboard above him was blank. The standings, too. Soon, both would change. The new season was three hours in front of Stu Sternberg, the principal owner of the Tampa Bay Rays. Sternberg stood beside the first base dugout, looking at the new grass of his old facility in the moments before his team played the New York Yankees. He talked about the Opening Days of his youth, about the Rays, about the season to come. Yes, he talked about…

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Rays won’t get their first choice in search for a new stadium

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For Stuart Sternberg, finding a new stadium site for the Tampa Bay Rays hasn’t proven as easily as just identifying his preferred site. “We had some ideas on locations that just weren’t available, that I thought would have worked perfectly, but they’re off the table,” Sternberg said in Port Charlotte Thursday. “So we’re sort of moving down our list to Nos. 2, 3 and 4. It’s like starting pitchers, you have five of them and sometimes No. 4 is better…

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Commissioner Rob Manfred says Tampa Bay important to baseball

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Just before the Tampa Bay Rays started a new season here, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred suggested there will be several more. “This is a market that is very important to Major League Baseball,” Manfred said. “We have a great owner and ownership group here in Tampa Bay. We look forward to great success in this market going forward.” At a time the Rays are searching for a new stadium, perhaps you thought it was time for threats and deadlines. But…

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Tampa Bay’s sports owners talk about challenges of keeping fans

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Jeff Vinik was talking about even ice. He was saying how good it was that a team like the Tampa Bay Lightning can compete with a team like the Toronto Maple Leafs even though the revenues are so far apart. He was talking about a salary cap. He was talking about how 60 percent of hockey games are within one goal in the third period. And Stu Sternberg, the owner without a cap, was starting to breath heavily. Sternberg, the…

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Rays owner Stu Sternberg feels left behind in spending wars

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At a time major league baseball teams are giving richer and richer contracts, Rays’ owner Stu Sternberg feels more and more at a disadvantage. Sternberg, speaking to the Tampa Bay Times at the winter meetings in Nashville, looks at the situation through the eyes of a baseball owner who spends $70 million dollars a year. That’s barely more than the Cubs spent to sign ex-Ray Ben Zobrist ($54 million over four years) and nowhere near what the Red Sox paid…

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For Rays’ Stu Sternberg, there is wisdom in not simply saying ‘no’

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His first reaction may be to say no. His second reaction may be to say hell no. For Stu Sternberg, Rays owner, the reactions to the new proposed deal by the St. Petersburg City Council cannot be a good one. He had struck a deal with Mayor Rick Kriseman for half the price, after all. This cannot go down easily. And so the only question will be how fast you say no, and how loudly. Heck, the Rays say no…

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Have you heard this before? Rays attendance is the worst in major leagues

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The wins may have slightly increased this year for the Tampa Bay Rays, but the attendance figures were one of the worst in a long time. The Rays had their lowest figures in 10 years this year, averaging only 15,403 fans, once again the worst in major league baseball. A roster filled with new faces, a new manager and a new general manager did not help. A fourth-place finish sealed the deal. The Rays drew 1,247,668 fans this year, a…

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