Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Could/Would/Should Rays Consider Leaving?

Despite all the talk of the Rays possibly leaving Tampa Bay, it seems like an incredible long shot given the legal implications, the fact that the Rays don't really hate the area, and the possibility that Pinellas Co. will eventually build the team a new home in the Gateway area of St. Pete/Clearwater.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Rays Aren't Small-Market

It's sometimes hard to listen to fans and analysts call the Rays a "small market" team. Sure, it looks that way when you compare them to their "large market" division foes, the Yankees and Red Sox.

And sure, there's simply no comparison between the number of people that live in Tampa Bay and the people that live in the New York or Boston area. The Yanks and Sox have more people to sell tickets to and they make more in TV revenue with more people watching. But to blame the Rays' limited payroll on Tampa Bay's limited market size is deceiving.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Rays Have New Ways to Fill Trop

The Rays may still be searching for a way to sell-out their 81 home games, but they think they've come up with a solution to filling the stands on some non-game-days.

Their new subsidiary - the Sunburst Entertainment Group - will look to open up business opportunities for the team outside of baseball. That includes bringing more events to Tropicana Field like football games, concerts, and community events.

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