Many of Zimbalist's takes echo what this blog has posted over the years:
- The real problem with The Trop is Location, Location, Location.
- St. Petersburg has no motivation to "just let the team go."
- If Tampa wants a stadium, it probably means tax money.
- The Rays and St. Pete may need a third-party to mediate negotiations.
Zimbalist said a new Rays stadium must be built in Downtown Tampa because of how important it is for "stadiums (to) be located as close to a business district as possible." However, I don't know how familiar Zimbalist is with the Tampa Bay region since the Westshore area is a much denser business area than Downtown Tampa.
He also mentions the dreaded "C" word - contraction - as a possible MLB bargaining chip, but I, for one, do not believe those threats would ever be very "C"redible.
UPDATE: I've since learned Zimbalist is currently paid as a consultant to MLB, an important disclosure omitted from the Times article.