- "Business of Pro Sports" Panel - Stu Sternberg, Bryan Glazer, and Jeff Vinik addressed a wide range of topics Monday night, including their shared belief that public spending on pro stadiums provided great ROI...despite what those damned economists think.
- Sternberg's $28M investment in the Trop - The Rays' owner also said he sank $28M into Trop renovations in the last decade. Whether that's a lot or a little depends on whom you ask.
- Sternberg on Corporate Support - Appearing at Spring Training, Sternberg said the Rays would be seeking to build a new stadium wherever corporate support would be greatest, because the region's businesses basically haven't carried their load in buying ticket packages. As Field of Schemes' Neil deMause put it, "it’s Sternberg who wants the new stadium so he can make more money — if businesses don’t want to support the team regardless, then maybe the stadium isn’t the problem? Just a thought."
- St. Pete Launches "Baseball Forever" - Mayor Kriseman joins many of the region's corporate leaders to rally business interests around the team, and to start preparing a new Trop site stadium proposal. Going to be a hard sell to both the Rays and the St. Pete taxpayers asked to pay for a second stadium.
- Rays Book Cuba Flight - As DRaysBay's Daniel Russell writes, the Rays' visit to Havana may even more interesting to the team's on-the-field future than it is for off-the-field reasons. I'd add that anytime the Rays draw 45,000 fans to an exhibition game, it's going to make for some interesting headlines, tweets, and speculations about their long-term futures.
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