The Rays' stadium saga: What's next?

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Noah Pransky writes about “what’s next” for the Tampa Bay Rays on his blog, The Shadow of the Stadium. An excerpt:

Another Rays season is off and running…but if the team doesn’t right its ship on the field soon, Tampa Bay’s attention could shift quickly to their off-the-field matters. Namely, their search for a new stadium.

But despite three-plus years of exploration, negotiation, and intimidation, we don’t appear any closer to a long-term solution to the team’s problems than we did in 2008.

So what’s next?

Contrary to thetimeline I mapped out two years ago, I actually think things will remain civil for a while longer.

Given the economy, it would be in poor taste for the Rays or MLB to push the issue any harder right now. But they will eventually.

The next major piece of news will likely come from the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, a private groupstudying the difficult issue of stadium funding.

The group is decidedly pro-stadium and although it isn’t advocating a preferred site right now,location won’t matter as much as how they could possibly pool the $300 million in public revenue to get a deal done.

Continue reading Noah’s thoughts on the Rays search for a new stadium here.

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