"There would be enough land to build all sorts of things," the Times wrote of the real estate purchase by a group tied to Vinik. "High-rise towers, apartments and hotel rooms, places to eat and shop and, theoretically, a baseball stadium."
Even Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the biggest Rays-to-Tampa cheerleader around, appeared hesitant to tie the deal to baseball.
"I think irrespective of whether baseball comes or not, it's a smart acquisition on his part," Buckhorn said. "If I were in his shoes I would want to do the same thing. Not only do you protect the front door to your major investments but, if you're as successful as I think they will be, it opens up opportunities to completely refashion the area."We don't have to believe the Lightning are simply interested in the land for parking, but why not write an article about what the land could mean to Vinik's plan to buy the Channelside Bay Plaza?
Why not write a speculative article about what Vinik, a hedge fund manager by trade, could profit with the suddenly-valuable Downtown Tampa land by building condos or flipping it in a few years?
Any property owner could conceivably donate land for a new baseball stadium, but the Times - despite mentioning several recently-suggested plans - neglects the biggest question:
"But while LeClair has the drawings and Cantor has the dream, Vinik has the land."How the heck will anyone pay for it???