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SBD/October 27, 2011/Franchises
St. Petersburg Mayor Sees Little Marketing From Rays In Tampa Bay Area
Published October 27, 2011
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? In St. Petersburg, John Romano writes, "You probably shouldn't waste any time worrying about the Rays losing executive vice president Andrew Friedman before the 2012 season." Instead, "save your angst for 2013. Or 2015." Romano: "The reality is the franchise's uncertain future in Tampa Bay will lead to a lot of soul-searching for Friedman, and others in the organization, in the coming years. ... If the owner is talking about selling, if the commissioner is preaching gloom, if the market is not responding in unison, wouldn't you worry about future working conditions?" Friedman "works without a contract and is free to leave whenever he chooses." Romano continues, "What you have is a relationship that is unlike any other in baseball today. It is based on friendship, trust and shared experiences. It is a partnership just strong enough to encourage someone to walk away if it's in their best interests" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 10/27).