Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Will the Rays Eventually End Up at Toytown?

Another giant hurdle has been cleared in turning a former landfill in North St Pete into the future home of the Rays.

As I first said back in May, the team would eventually get a new home in Pinellas County's Gateway region. Now, potential construction at one of the most logical locations in Gateway - the Toytown landfill - now has the blessing of an important City of St. Pete board.

For more, continue here.

In other news, the Rays made a pretty solid PR move today, pulling a naming-rights deal for their Port Charlotte spring training home off the table. Interesting story, and considering how much money it may cost the team, I applaud have to applaud the decision, even if it ends up being just temporary.

I hope the team winds up with another stadium-naming deal that pleases fans and proves to be lucrative for the team. Because as long as owners invest in their teams - as the Rays are doing right now - I think they deserve to turn a (modest) profit on their investments.

Oh, and because you probably never would have known otherwise, I can pass along the news that they seem to have given up on their investment of the Florida Tuskers football team.

Interesting news out of the Cactus league too. It looks like the Brewers could add the first chapter to their stadium saga....

And finally, since I was on Super Bowl duty all last week, a link to some coverage of the Tampa Bay Lightning sale.

10 more days until Rays' pitchers and catchers report!

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