So what's next?
We know the team is anxious to explore any and all sites across Pinellas & Hillsborough counties, since there's a great need to make the next stadium site "pitch-perfect". Everyone with a pile of dirt will be offering up their stadium ideas. And if the Rays were to build another stadium in the wrong location, it'd be a disaster.
But why focus so much of this conversation on locations and not financing? Building a stadium with the wrong financing package could be a disaster too (see Miami, Columbus, or Cincinnati).
Pro teams want you to focus on the boogeyman and not how much money they want from you for that next stadium.
And it's working.
The Tampa Bay Times published another editorial this morning urging the deal's passage - an editorial with three major flaws - and of course, there was no mention of the tax money that would go toward the next stadium.
What's not next?
We shouldn't expect the team to willingly open their books and demonstrate a need for public help. And even though both papers once suggested they should, we haven't heard that responsible request from the Times in years.
The exposure to the taxpayer on a new stadium is likely to be great. Elected officials may decide the expenditures are justified. But the Rays won't address that giant elephant, and it would just be nice to have some idea of what kind of public dollars the Rays are gunning for before we go any further down this road.
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