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Rays Owner Stuart Sternberg: MLB No Longer Believes In The Tampa Bay Area
Published January 25, 2013
IF YOU BUILD IT...: MLB.com’s Adam Berry noted Sternberg, team President Matt Silverman, Senior VP/Development & Business Affairs Michael Kalt and Senior VP & Chief Sales Officer Mark Fernandez “didn't lay out a timeline for starting construction on a new stadium or say where they would like to build it.” But they did “present statistics and studies supporting their belief that staying at Tropicana Field won't work” (MLB.com, 1/24). A TAMPA BAY TIMES editorial states Thursday’s meeting “marked a welcome step toward building the regional support necessary to keep Major League Baseball.” It set the “appropriate tone, with the commissioners pledging to work as partners to preserve a regional asset.” The editorial: “Most importantly, the discussion underscored the urgency of the stadium situation.” Elected officials in both Hillsborough County and Pinellas County “need to embrace the same sense of regionalism that Sternberg sees as essential to the franchise's success” (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 1/25).