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Rays' Sternberg Says Relocating Team "Very Unrealistic"; Not Close To New Ballpark
Published June 24, 2013
A CHANGE IN TONE: Sternberg said of his discussions with St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster regarding the team exploring its options with other municipalities, "We’ve talked. He recognizes it’s not our marketing efforts. I believe he’s recognized we are really, really doing everything we can -- and that we’re sort of all out of ideas at this point. That doesn’t mean it’s going to change the situation. But I feel better. At least it promotes a different kind of dialogue." He added of other MLB owners wanting the team to relocate if a new stadium can not be built, "I think ours is the only franchise -- maybe I’m mistaken -- that has been to the World Series (recently) and we still had to take a lot of money in revenue sharing. The fact that all the other owners are consistently writing checks to us and see no way to get out of it, some of this will be their desires" (FOXSPORTS.com, 6/22).