That hasn't gone over well, with several county commissioners venting to me this week about Hagan's lack of transparency, and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn UNLOADING on Hagan for keeping him out of the loop for a second time in three months, calling the commissioner "bush league" and a "minor league politician."
I'm not expecting much real "news" from tomorrow's press conference, since we already knew the Rays were negotiating financials with Hillsborough and they'd love to move across the bay if someone will build them a stadium.
But here are the tweets that stand out from a busy evening:
EVEN MORE Buckhorn on Hagan: "To think that some media outlets were notified and others were not is completely unprofessional. That is about as bush-league as you can get." https://t.co/kiFKsLCFYh— Evan Axelbank Fox13 (@EvanAxelbank) February 9, 2018
This is the second time Ken Hagan & county staffers have gone behind back of commission and his other "partners" in this venture so that Hagan can have his day in spotlight...alone....with reporters who don't ask hard questions. https://t.co/CZY1ifoCdC— Shadow of Stadium (@StadiumShadow) February 9, 2018
To be certain, tomorrow’s #Rays #StadiumSaga event is more pep rally than anything. Tampa is the PREFERRED site...only if they find financing. Team is a long way feom packing its bags. #SportsBiz https://t.co/jDc3LbGiDd— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) February 8, 2018
Tomorrow’s Ybor press conf was expected, and there is no expectation for real “news” tomorrow. Rays still would love someone to build them a stadium in Tampa, but it appears there may not be the appetite. Tomorrow is about selling the dream...and pricetag. https://t.co/krYHtmLQG3— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) February 8, 2018
The #Rays' opening "offer" was $150M on a stadium they said could cost $800M. Experts tell 10Investigates a fixed-roof stadium would be more practical and could be built in the $500 million to $600 million range, but still might require hundreds of millions of tax dollars...— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) February 6, 2018
14 different ways tax dollars could be used to fund a #Rays stadium: https://t.co/guI3PGIbsA #StadiumSaga— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) February 8, 2018
For years, Hillsborough Commissioners have been saying no tax money for a #Rays stadium: https://t.co/lTTu94Wfjg— Shadow of Stadium (@StadiumShadow) February 9, 2018
St. Pete very much still in mix. Always has been. That's where the money is. And Rays know it. https://t.co/6hf7cJ6MLs— Shadow of Stadium (@StadiumShadow) February 9, 2018
Mayor @Kriseman to #Rays: "If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with. We'll be waiting when Hillsborough can't give you what you want." https://t.co/mRhThagI5E— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) February 9, 2018
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