"Although we appreciate the time and attention that Mayor Kriseman and the City Council have dedicated to this issue, we do not agree to this proposal. We remain open to pursuing a cooperative path forward.”It was such a quick statement...think it could have been pre-planned?!?
And although the Rays want out of the Trop badly, it can't be that badly...the counteroffer would have only cost the Rays approx. $4.2 million for every year they left early from a Tropicana Field contract that runs through 2027. It's $2.2 million/season more than they wanted to pay and they weren't expected to accept...but it's also the bargain of the century, depending on whom you ask.
My colleague, Grayson Kamm spoke with Kriseman immediately after the meeting:
So now, we'll all wait until Tuesday's city election to see which candidates are elected to council. If the candidate the Times is hoping will break the deadlock, Lisa Wheeler-Brown, doesn't win, the team may be forced to negotiate with less leverage than it's ever had before.NO DEAL: #Rays reject city council offer to let team pay about $33 m if they move to Tampa. Mayor reaction: #WTSP pic.twitter.com/LNfnP3gNvv— Grayson Kamm (@graysonkamm) October 29, 2015
But Wheeler-Brown defeats Will Newton, then St. Pete council will get yet another "last chance" to save the ballclub that's locked into a stadium contract for 12 more years.
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