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WTF? MLB approves Rays to explore playing in BOTH Tampa and Montreal?

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https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/27016429/sources-rays-explore-playing-montreal

This sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.  I can't see either city agreeing to that.  We have a MLB team!!!*

 

*part of the time

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The Tampa Bay Rays received permission from Major League Baseball's executive council to explore a plan in which they would play early-season home games in the Tampa Bay area and the remainder of the year in Montreal, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.

While the plan is in its nascent stages, the Rays have embraced the two-city solution as the most feasible to saving baseball in the Tampa Bay area after years of failed attempts to build a new stadium in the region, according to sources.

The return of baseball to Montreal, which lost the Expos when they moved to Washington, D.C., and became the Nationals before the 2005 season, has long been speculated and has significant support among power brokers in the city, including Stephen Bronfman, the private-equity magnate whose father, Charles, was the Expos' original owner.

Under the plan, the Rays would play in new stadiums in both the Tampa Bay area and Montreal, according to sources. The ability to play games early in the season in Florida would preclude the need for a domed stadium, cutting the cost of a new building. A month ago, Bronfman -- who along with Montreal businessman Mitch Garber has expressed interest in taking a minority stake in the Rays alongside owner Stuart Sternberg -- reached an agreement with a developer on a site in Montreal's Point-Saint-Charles neighborhood to potentially build a new stadium. The number of home games each city would receive has not been determined, according to sources.

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18 Months ago everyone thought that Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter overpaid for the Marlins. Now it looks like they might make alot of money by being the only MLB team in Florida

Our TV Deal should be at least $90 Million per year based on territorial exclusivity in almost 10 million TV households alone.

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39 minutes ago, SonOfJack said:

This is the dumbest idea I've seen in terms of the future of the Rays.

Agreed completely.  Bob's point is all I could think about as I was reading.  There's a less than 0% chance BOTH cities would pony up to build brand new ballparks to have a team half the time.  Just idiotic thinking.

When I started reading, I thought maybe they were proposing it be a primarily Montreal team with a new park there, but still have a few games at the Trop throughout the season.  That would make a bit more sense (though still dumb), but having them in both will never happen.  What would they be called?  the Tampa Montreal Rays?  The Montreal Bay Rays?

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Just now, rmc523 said:

There's a less than 0% chance BOTH cities would pony up to build brand new ballparks to have a team half the time.  Just idiotic thinking.

And the players union wouldn't agree to it anyway. This idea is a non starter.

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1 minute ago, SonOfJack said:

 

Joe with the brilliant ideas as usual.

The people won't drive across the bay from Tampa to St. Pete as it is.......and he expects them to drive an hour to get to Lakeland from two separate cities??

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