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Bud Selig is upset about Rays attendance

Jul 18, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays - Game 3

The Rays win and still don’t draw and Bud Selig is mad about that:

“Look at their club in the major leagues and it’s competitive, and is averaging 18,000 people a game,” he said. “That may have been okay in 1956, but it’s not okay today … There’s no question there’s a stadium problem,” Selig said. “There’s no debate about it. The question is what to do about it and when to do it and where, and those are conversations Mr. Sternberg and I will have.”

Anyone for a study? Perhaps a committee could study it?

I mean, maybe that won’t work, but an alternative — like MLB and the other teams pitching in to get the Rays out of their lease and into a viable stadium — is crazy talk.

  1. serbingood - Jul 18, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Have Tampa play in Miami for a year or two and in the meantime put a proper sliding roof on the stadium in Tampa.
    it would seem to be the cheapest solution, keep the team in FL, and it would get rid of the artificial grass. Sliding roofs are the way to go.

  2. yanmontreal - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    In Montréal in less then 10 years for sure!

    • hcf95688 - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:29 AM

      I would love to see it!

      • thebadguyswon - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:19 AM

        Love to see it as well, but I highly doubt that happens.

        Still, talk about making sense.

        New York

        awesome division with a natural Canadian rivalry

  3. drewsylvania - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    I’m sure Bud will try to get Tampa to fuck taxpayers out of another billion dollars so that he and Tampa’s greedmongers can all have an evil laugh about it.

    • misterj167 - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      You wonder though how much more blood you can get from that stone, though… Prices on everything have gone up while people make about the same or even less. The only ones making money are the people like the guy who owns the Marlins…

      • misterj167 - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:53 PM

        Sorry, too many “thoughs”. That was from the department of redundancy department.

      • shadowcell - Jul 19, 2013 at 4:25 AM

        Not only that, but not long ago the Florida legislature killed a plan for public funds for the Dolphins to renovate their stadium, and that was in support of a Super Bowl bid. If they’d say no to that, then they’re probably not going to throw money at the Rays for a new stadium, so the city of Tampa and the Rays organization would probably be on their own.

    • juradura - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:12 AM

      Sincerely hope Bud doesn’t go Roger on the fine folks of Tampa/St Pete. Although, threatening to move to LA if a stadium isn’t build isn’t as real of a possibility here.

  4. Sports King of this world - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    It’s Florida… Only old people stay there and Visitors have their own teams. Hey y’all can apart of the Braves Nation.

  5. wingskc - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    The Oklahoma City Twisters has a ring to it.

    • loubearkane - Jul 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      I can definitely see OKC getting a team , was down there last month for work and the city is booming.

  6. rcali - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Well if Goodell was running the league he’d be trying real hard to move them to London.

  7. proudliberal85392 - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Move them to Seattle or Quebec! Oh wait, sorry. Thought I was on Pro Hockey Talk.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      Move them to Los Angeles! Oh, thought it was PFT.

      • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        Contract them, the league’s talent pool is already too thin! Oh sorry, thought I was on Pro Basketball Talk.

  8. proudliberal85392 - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    How they move to Georgia and become the Macon Whoopees?

    • chumthumper - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:05 AM

      How ’bout the Macon Bacon?

    • bravojawja - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      Been there, done that.

  9. blueballz77 - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Hey Bud start games earlier and lower ticket and parking price. you don’t have to spend millions on a committee dopes and that goes for all sports. Idoits, uhh gee I wonder why

  10. tamparey - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Church, read what I wore and then address it intelligently. Never said attendance was great. You can have interest without attendance. Once again, check the TV and radio ratings. Interest isn’t the issue with attendance. It’s the stadium and the location.

  11. sheriffpeyton18 - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:35 AM

    Tear down the amphitheater and where they have the state fair and build a park there. It would have easier access from not only Greater Tampa bit also Orlando! St Pete is to far to drive and only one way in from the north!

  12. cavemanboogie1975 - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    The problem with the Rays attendance doesn’t have anything to do with the Tampa Bay area not wanting to support the team. It has to do with location. Tropicana Field is located in Saint Petersburg which is extremely difficult to access due to traffic. The majority of fans live in Tampa which is on the other side of the Howard Franklund and Gandy bridges. If they want to increase attendance, they will need to build a stadium in Tampa where the Bucs and the Lightning play and the majority of people live. A great location would be right in the area of the fairgrounds along interstate 4. This would allow fans from both Tampa and Orlando easier access to the games thereby increasing attendance substantially.There is no need to move the team to another city.

    • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      I wouldn’t say that the fans aren’t an issue at ALL, but overall you are correct. If you look at the Trop on a map and then look at the area within a 25 mile radius of the stadium, you’ll notice something interesting…the majority of it is literally water. The high majority of Hillsborough(Tampa’s county) is not in that radius. Regardless of how lukewarm the fans are down here, the simple fact is that the high majority of them are well out of range, and as you point out the traffic situation is a nightmare. I can’t emphasize this enough. Even living in Pinellas as I do, it’s awful. Coming from Tampa is much worse, and because rush hour hits between 4-7 there’s literally no possible way to avoid at LEAST an hour long drive.

      One other issue that I almost never see raised is that the exact location is a complete dump. I suspect one huge reason why Mayor Foster refuses to even talk about a potential solution is because his city is a disaster and it will be hit pretty hard once the team does move. Literally right across the street are some of the most ghetto apartments you’ll ever see, and even parking within a mile of the stadium will make you pretty nervous on some areas. Add to this the fact that the city of St Pete has less than 500 season ticket holders and that the businesses in the area offer far less corporate support than most franchise get, and you have a multitude of minor problems that combine to form a giant one. Moving the team to Tampa won’t lead to sellouts every night but it will fix quite a few of those issues.

  13. flpunx - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Considering Selig has never attended a game at the Trop, he needs to shut up or at least show up here. And those of us who DO attend games are truly tired of ESPN, Skeletor Selig, and others outside of the Tampa Bay area crapping on us repeatedly. After visiting Miami this season I have finally agreed how nice it would be to watch the Rays in a new, state-of-the-art stadium, but since Miami royally screwed their citizens to finance their new home, that ruined our chances of negotiating a similar deal. Yes, attendance is an issue, but I don’t have the solution, and people who don’t live here certainly don’t have the answer.

  14. beachnbaseball - Jul 19, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Baseball in Florida just doesn’t work. It’s fine for Spring Training but look at the pathetic attendances in Miama and Tampa.

    Attention Bud: NOBODY IN FLORIDA CARES!!!

  15. primetimewr9 - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Move the Rays to Nashville! Play a couple of seasons in the Titans stadium, then get one of their own built. Great location to separate the Braves from monopolizing the baseball scene in the Southeast

  16. txraiderfan - Jul 19, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    “F” you Selig. I’m upset about the Astros going to the AL, and even more so about no suspension (thus far) for Ryan Braun.

  17. sillec28 - Jul 22, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    There are several reasons for the poor attendance. But one of the main ones is the location of the stadium. It has no business being in St. Petersburg at all and even less business being in downtown St. Pete (but hey, that’s where the City Council members owned property so that’s where it is). I don’t care how few minutes team officials may say it takes to drive from Tampa to the stadium, it just isn’t a drive a lot of Tampa people want to make, especially those living in the north Tampa area and especially not when they do make the drive they end up in that crap indoor stadium St. Pete built. It should have been where the original proposals had it, which was between St. Pete and Tampa but on the Tampa side of the Bay and it shouldn’t be an indoor stadium. Another problem of course is that the Rays were terrible for many years so they didn’t build a solid base of fans from the beginning. And then there’s the lack of major corporate headquarters in the Tampa Bay area to buy blocks of season tickets. And then . . . I could go on and on but those four problems plus the economy are the main problems IMHO.

  18. w2lucky - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Selig is a senile, old, crack-head that hates Pete Rose and does nothing about the PEDs and their effect on Baseball. Who cares what he thinks.

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