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Selig thrilled, concerned by Rays



In an interview with's Ken Rosenthal, baseball commissioner Bud Selig said he was thrilled with the Rays' play but had some concerns about attendance and implied the true test would be over the nexr few seasons.

Q: How worried are you about Tampa Bay? Here are the Rays, in the middle of a dramatic pennant race, and they're still not selling out.

A: OK, but I'm looking at their numbers. They're at 1.658 million, up almost 411,000. I guess we've got to watch it. I have concerns. But they're going to wind up at a number where they've never been before. It's an amazing story, one of the great stories.

I'm thrilled by it. It's a manifestation of everything I'm trying to do — competitive balance, parity, all that. But of course, I have concerns. I think we need to watch that situation in the next year or two.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:39am]


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