Lightning owner Jeff Vinik appears to be the frontrunner to now buy and rehab the plaza, but Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn - a member of the Port's board of directors - indicated the property will go out for bids since so many tax dollars will be at stake.
But since Buckhorn loves talking baseball, we can also count on lots of Rays-to-Channelside rumors the next few days.
Mayor @BobBuckhorn on Channelside takeover: "When you think about a potential baseball stadium...this is an integral part of this." #RaysBut this news doesn't change much about the Stadium Saga - at least in the short-term. Finding a place for the Rays to play has never been a problem...it's all about finding the money to build a new stadium.
— Shadow of Stadium (@StadiumShadow) September 10, 2013
And as for whether Jeff Vinik decides to sell his stake in the Boston Red Sox and get involved in Rays stadium-building or just focus on bolstering Downtown Tampa's entertainment district....is a question for way down the road.
In other news, exhibition baseball is returning to Montreal next spring, giving us hundreds of additional headlines to look forward to next year about how the Rays are candidates to move to Canada.