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Private businesses in Tampa are going to look into a new Rays ballpark in 2011

Dec 17, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

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The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is going to spend much of 2011 looking at new stadium options for the Rays.  The key: they’re going to focus on private, rather than public financing options.

My observations of chambers of commerce closer to my own home suggest that when a group of private, up-by-their-own-bootstraps entrepreneurs get together and talk about big plans they usually end up asking for government handouts anyway, but let’s leave that cynicism for later. For now, let’s just be happy that it’s not a city council or county commission putting this on their agenda.

My favorite observation from the article:

Much has been made of a Trop contract provision that forbids the team from negotiating with third parties about leaving the Trop before 2027. But the contract does not prevent the team from discussing generalities.

So what the hell would the owners of the Trop do if the Rays did discuss specifics about leaving?  Find the team in breach of its lease? Evict them?  Oh, please, don’t throw me into that brier patch!

  1. Old Gator - Dec 17, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    What the Tropicana Tumulus really needs is a massive snowfall sufficient to collapse its roof – and pull the walls down with it – just as spring training ends. The Rays, left without anyplace to play, could sue the owners of the Trap for enough to build a new stadium. I think the Russians have some new Antonov transports that could be leased for a couple of days to do the snow dump directly from Siberia – which also answers all of you wise guys who were going to sneer that “April is too late in the season for it to snow in St. Petersburg.”

    • PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 17, 2010 at 9:55 AM

      Isn’t it a shame that the Trop hasn’t been the home base for the Giants all these years?

  2. tadthebad - Dec 17, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    Credit where credit is due: love the nickname for the home park of the Rays. The Trap. I will now be using that regularly. Thanks, OG.

  3. apbaguy - Dec 17, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    I’m glad the article referenced the odious long-term contract binding the Rays to the Trap. The State is going to have to “help” the City “modify” the lease. Who knows, with the new Gov, Rick “What Billion Dollar Fraud?” Scott, a few bucks under the table might just do the job.

    • Old Gator - Dec 17, 2010 at 12:22 PM

      All those young whippersnappers out there who grew up with contracts binding suckers to the Traps of their particular blighted destinies don’t know how lucky they have it. In my day, we used barbed bamboo punji stakes tipped with capybara excrement. Not only were they bound, but good, but after about an hour or two they stopped wiggling as well.

  4. ta192 - Dec 17, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    Hey, Craig. It ain’t cynicism if it’s true. With the Repugnicans firmly in control of Florida politics, I wouldn’t be surprised if a financing plan and a parcel of land closer to Mickeyville didn’t appear magically…

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