It may not have been intentional, but Eddie Daniels' story about the Rays meeting with the Hillsborough Commission in this morning's Tampa Tribune (a day after the Times reported it) leaves a reader to believe the prospects of building a stadium in Tampa are much rosier than they are in reality:
Several studies have suggested Tropicana Field has outlived its usefulness for Major League Baseball. Almost three years ago, the ABC Coalition, a St. Petersburg-sponsored group that studied the stadium issue, said the team was in need of a new ballpark and suggested downtown Tampa and the West Shore District, among other sites, as potential locations.Daniels mentions "several studies," but only mentions one. As far as I know, there has only been one independent study on the Trop's usefulness. Furthermore, he writes how the ABC Coalition suggested the Tampa and Westshore districts for a new stadium, but fails to mention that they also suggested Pinellas' Gateway region as a possible location.
In September, a plan for a potential baseball stadium was unveiled for Pinellas County's Carillon area, just west of the Howard Frankland Bridge and off Ulmerton Road. Additionally, members of the Baseball Stadium Finance Caucus concluded a new stadium is economically feasible on either side of Tampa Bay.Correction: the Baseball Stadium Finance Caucus said nothing of the economic feasibility of a stadium, which would indicate whether the economy could sustain subsidizing one. Instead, it found creative ways tax dollars could be pooled to build a new stadium...but indicated it would come with a hefty price tag. This was not mentioned in today's Trib article.
But what the paper didn't fail to mention:
Even Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has said the team needs a new stadium.In that case, when's the groundbreaking?