I've now heard from both a team employee & a potential sponsor who were nervous re:investing in #Rays b/c of Sternberg's comments. Not good.
— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) December 10, 2014
@elektra6618 @bobbiekingsbury This is the 4th time they've threatened a move in 4yrs. The situation isn't as dire as you may think.So how much stock should we put in Sternberg's claim that he'll sell the team if council rejects next week's vote? First of all, refusing to re-negotiate sounds like "I'm taking my ball and going home."
— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) December 11, 2014
What good does that do Stu, even if he decides to sell the team? The franchise's resale value is a lot higher if they re-negotiate and make any progress whatsoever on a new stadium. Stu's too smart to sell low.
- January 2013 - Sternberg, mentioning contraction, says MLB wants out of Tampa Bay
- October 2011 - Sternberg says MLB could "vaporize" the Rays
- February 2011 - Sternberg suggests relocation is a real possibility with no new stadium
- June 2010 - Sternberg says "five markets" are better than Tampa Bay
No matter how you slice it, this isn't a good situation. The franchise's owner is taking an adversarial approach with the city his team plays in.
Even worse: the stadium complaints have put the Rays on a downward attendance spiral that is unlikely to reverse itself as long as they play at the Trop.
This isn't the fault of fans - it's the fault of MLB. And the league should step up and fix it, not threatmonger the region into action.