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Are the Devil Rays to blame???


Brandman316
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Havn't posted here in a while, but after hearing all this Marlins news for once on sports radio in South Florida, I thought I would chime in. Lack of fans, the city & state, MLB, and a horrible stadium are all parts of why the Marlins might leave South Florida, but I think another big reason for why the Marlins might be leaving is the Devil Rays. Sure the Devil Rays themselves aren't selling out every night and have bad attendance, but I believe it hurts the Marlins in the fact that it takes away 2 big markets in Florida; Orlando and Tampa/St. Petersburg. If the Marlins were the only team in Florida, they would have more exposure through out the state and would officially be the team of Florida. Now i know not a lot of people would drive from Tampa/Orlando to see the Marlins, but Im sure the Marlins would see a large increase in interest for the Fish. Just something to think about. To me, I believe the Devil Rays deserve to leave Florida more than the Marlins do. Maybe MLB should COMBINE both the Marlins and D-rays and put the team half way between Miami and Tampa (palm beach) to create the new Florida team!!!!! LOL. Joking of course. but what do you guys think?

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The Deveil Rays don't have to many fans either, consistant losing records won't drive in to many fans to all of a sudden switch to a D-Rays fans even if the D-Rays are just right there.

 

It won't matter in the end, sadly the new ownership of the DRays plan to really advertise the Rays in Tampa. I think Loria should have done more Marlin advertisement all over florida rather then just South Florida, remember ESPN's 50 states in 50 Days where only like 3% of the state favored Baseball out of all Florida's sports teams?

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