Dec 17, 2010, 9:02 AM EST
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!
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