Plan dropped to rename spring site Mosaic
In the face of strong public opposition in the Charlotte County area, the Rays announced they would "defer" plans to rename their spring traning facility after the Moasic Co.
“We are excited for our second spring at Charlotte Sports Park,” Rays senior VP Mark Fernandez said in a statment. “While we believe this naming rights deal presents many benefits to both the Rays and the entire community, neither the Rays nor Mosaic wants it to distract the team and fans from their focus on baseball.”
The proposed deal would have netted Charlotte County more than $1.4-million over its 15-year term, but there was strong opposition to the company over past battles regarding phosphate mining.
The addition of the proposed 15-year naming rights partnership would provide Charlotte County with more than $1.4 million in proceeds over that period. “Community investment is a core element of Mosaic’s culture and our principal reason for entering into the naming rights agreement with the Rays,” Mosaic's David Townsend said in a statement. “We remain committed to continuing and building upon our history of support to communities throughout our operating area.”