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Rays Stadium Debate

Matt Silverman, baseball operations president for the Tampa Bay Rays, said Friday afternoon there is "good momentum" toward reaching stadium deal, despite Thursday's failed City Council vote. [Times]

Rays' Matt Silverman: Talks with St. Petersburg will continue despite failed vote on stadium deal

UPDATE 2:20 p.m.: Matt Silverman, baseball operations president for the Tampa Bay Rays, said Friday afternoon there is "good momentum" toward reaching stadium deal, despite a failed City Council vote. Silverman said he expects talks with the city to continue "as we work toward an agreeable outcome." ... ST. PETERSB …

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St. Petersburg City Council rejects Rays stadium search deal

ST. PETERSBURG — The stadium standoff continues. Baseball's uncertain future in Tampa Bay has grown more complicated and — if possible — more testy. The St. Petersburg Cit …

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Romano: City Council says no to Rays deal with potential development windfall

The deal is off the table, and you should blame City Council members. You might also want to praise them. For, in baseball terms, they got a save. An issue raised by St. Petersb …

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  1. Hillsborough officials quietly hired law firm with ties to baseball

    Local Government

    TAMPA — One of the most notable steps Hillsborough County has taken toward its desire to woo the Tampa Bay Rays to the county was also one of the quietest: County commissioners in October agreed to hire Foley & Lardner, a law firm with extensive ties to Major League Baseball and a partner who is a former MLB …

    The Tampa Bay Rays’ contract with St. Petersburg binds the team to city-owned Tropicana Field until 2027. The team has insisted it needs a new stadium and has pushed to look outside the city.
  2. Tampa Bay Downs group reaches deal to buy Tampa Greyhound

    Business

    TAMPA — Tampa Bay Downs has reached an agreement to buy the Tampa Greyhound Track facility in what the horse track characterizes as a pre-emptive move.

  3. Analysis: Why sharing with the Rays could be key to a winning deal on Tropicana Field

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — City Council member Karl Nurse's question seemed so simple: If the Tampa Bay Rays plan to move to Tampa, why should the team benefit if St. Petersburg starts redeveloping Tropicana Field?

    Council member Karl Nurse raised a question that grabbed attention.
  4. Rays' Matt Silverman: Talks with St. Petersburg will continue despite failed vote on stadium deal

    Local Government

    UPDATE 2:20 p.m.: Matt Silverman, baseball operations president for the Tampa Bay Rays, said Friday afternoon there is "good momentum" toward reaching stadium deal, despite a failed City Council vote.

    Matt Silverman, baseball operations president for the Tampa Bay Rays, said Friday afternoon there is "good momentum" toward reaching stadium deal, despite Thursday's failed City Council vote. [Times]
  5. Romano: City Council says no to Rays deal with potential development windfall

    Local Government

    The deal is off the table, and you should blame City Council members.

    You might also want to praise them.

    For, in baseball terms, they got a save.

  6. St. Petersburg City Council rejects Rays stadium search deal

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The stadium standoff continues. Baseball's uncertain future in Tampa Bay has grown more complicated and — if possible — more testy.

    Rays president Brian Auld addresses the St. Petersburg City Council as Mayor Rick Kriseman listens before the council voted on an agreement to let the team explore possible stadium sites in Hillsborough County.
  7. No rubber stamp from City Council for St. Petersburg's deal with Rays

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rubber stamps appear to be scarce at City Hall.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman’s deal lets the Rays look in Hillsborough. The City Council will vote the plan tonight.
  8. Romano: Rays deal is a risk for St. Pete, but one that a city on the rise can handle

    Local Government

    "I believe it is a risk, but it is more of an opportunity."

    The Rays are seeking the city’s approval to seek a new site for a stadium so they can move out of Tropicana Field.
  9. Pinellas commission puts off decision on tourism tax, spending cap

    Local Government

    CLEARWATER — Facing opposition from an array of community leaders, Pinellas County commissioners on Tuesday tabled a decision on whether to cap how much tourist tax money can be spent on capital projects such as stadiums and aquariums.

  10. Could Tampa Bay Rays stadium be funded by sixth cent of tourist tax?

    Tourism

    The Tampa Bay Rays face nothing but obstacles in searching for a new home in Tampa.

    Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, left, and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman talk with Rays president Matt Silverman before Buckhorn threw the ceremonial first pitch at a September game. A sixth cent on tourism taxes could be crucial if the Rays want to build a new bay area stadium.