Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sternberg Speaks to Tampa Bay Business Group

Michael Sasso from the Tampa Tribune has the latest on Stu Sternberg's relationship with the Tampa Bay business community (hint: it's pretty good):
On Wednesday, Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg and team president Matt Silverman gave an informal talk to the (Tampa Bay Partnership), which is a group of area businesses and local governments that tries to market the region to employers. The press wasn't allowed into the chat, but afterward Sykes provided the Tribune with a synopsis of what happened.

The partnership took no formal action on the stadium issue Wednesday.

As he's said in other venues recently, Sternberg told about 60 members of the partnership how Major League Baseball is frustrated with the slow pace of progress in the stadium stalemate with St. Petersburg.
Few other details were available about the meeting, but Sykes indicated some of the limited participation from interested local business groups was because of St. Pete's threat of legal action. 

Nevertheless, the business communitiy remains one of Sternberg's biggest allies and could ultimately help break the current stalemate should the Rays and St. Petersburg fail to find a friendly medium during direct negotiations.


  1. Sounds like Sykes lobbying to get Stu to tweak the stadium blueprints a couple degrees to assure the Sykes "beer can" skyscraper is within view of the 1st base side of the NEW Trop @ Channelside... lol

  2. Its time for low class st.pete to accept their staus as a second rate low class city. Tampa is the future. Time to dump the trop. The rays owe st. pete nothing.