Commissioner Bud Selig on Thursday had one word — "bad" — to describe the Tampa Bay Rays attendance issues and said he doesn't see "any reason to be too optimistic" about their stadium situation being resolved.
Speaking to Chris Russo on SiriusXM's Mad Dog Radio channel at the World Series, Selig was asked about principal owner Stuart Sternberg's dire comments after the ALDS loss and the Rays overall situation.
Said Selig: "I like Stu Sternberg a lot, as you probably know. I have a great deal of respect for him. He's a very thoughtful, very interesting guy, done a great job there, done a brilliant job there. I, too, am concerned about their attendance. I track attendance every day. He knows it. I've talked to him a lot. They are a wonderful organization, produced a terrific team this year and finished last in the American League in attendance. I'll let you draw your own conclusion. That's bad."
Russo then asked, Is the stadium situation in Tampa (Bay) a lost cause?
Selig's response: "I can't answer that yet but I'm usually an optimist and I don't have any reason to be too optimistic."