He also refuses to talk about it:
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But have no fear! The end of the baseball season simply means the start of the baseball stadium speculation season! Topkin asked Sternberg about that too:I have yet to see any stat that shows how lower attendance affects performance. The players were good in the lower attendance Minors, right? https://t.co/VrBBR6BVMq— TBBaseballMarket (@TBBaseballMkt) September 29, 2017
With the season ending, how soon could there be an announcement of a stadium site selection, given the reported Ybor City option?Maybe we'll finally get to hear all the taxpayer subsidies our elected leaders have been offering up behind closed doors the last few years.
We're ready. Whenever Hillsborough or Tampa make their pitch, we're ready. We've worked with them a bunch, and we're waiting to hear the pitch. There's nothing more for me to do at this point.
What is the status of a new TV contract?
If it'll even be a contract - we might end up starting a network at some point. When the time comes and we can negotiate a TV contract there will be a lot of parties to talk to. .. Unfortunately it's not the environment for that given what's gone on with cord-cutting and the value of cable, so I don't expect it or anticipate it to be nirvana. Ideally when and if something gets done it could move the needle. By the same token it might end up being less than where we are now. It's way down the road (and he won't say when).
How much did the hurricane rescheduling and fallout impact the team financially as you had to move three Yankees game to New York and then had lesser than expected crows for the Red Sox and Cubs games?
Those eight games, while they were 10 percent of our schedule, probably made up 20-25 percent of our revenue. Did you get revenue from the three games moved to Citi Field?
We'll get revenue but the games are very expensive to put on, and they were attended, but not like 40,000, 50,000 people showing up, it was a $25 set price. And we had to house and transport people for four extra days on the road in New York. And a lot of other expense like overtime (for staff at the Trop) and buttoning the place up and some damage to the stadium. All in all, it was a minus-minus-minus. However, having said that, we're incredibly fortunate for what could have been.
They did this without a voter referendum.Henderson is a former sports columnist, by the way. He continues to ask rhetoricals about stadium financing:
Hillsborough County is studying this?
Study away guys, and then do just the opposite.
You'll probably hear a lot of talk about creating a special-taxing district in and around a new stadium, to help with financing. That's fine, even though it won't generate nearly enough money. Tourist taxes? The fight for that money will be bloody if backers try to divert millions more to a stadium.The lack of transparency is a common theme in stadium talks across the country, and the Rays' Stadium Saga is no exception. The team promised to be different than the Marlins and be open about funding years ago...but executives have done nothing but deflect questions about how much they're willing to pay for their new home for nine years.
Every time I pull at these threads, it keeps coming back to fact Major League Baseball generated about $10 billion in 2016 and the cash keeps coming in.
What that means is we can dream about an Ybor stadium all we want, but until we see what the Rays are willing to pay, a dream is all it will be.
"Manfred said a new stadium needs government support, which sounds an awful lot like, "Hey, don't expect my buddy Stu to pay for this thing." Manfred also said he has no preference where the stadium is built.And that's why this thing is taking so long. The Rays have refused to talk money for nine years. Despite promising transparency. And it has halted any real progress.
After all, the whole conversation about the perfect site is a big ole distraction to the real issue: funding. And its a way for the Rays to pit Hillsborough against Pinellas, which is already happening. I mean, how do you go shopping for a home without knowing if you're working with a Hyde Park budget or a Pinellas Park budget??Prez Auld paused when asked what #Rays will do to prevent a "Miami Marlins situation" in Tampa Bay - said they'll be nothing but transparent— Shadow of Stadium (@StadiumShadow) December 9, 2014
#Rays Prez Auld: no comment on how much team will contribute - "we don't know what kind of park we're looking to build."— Shadow of Stadium (@StadiumShadow) December 9, 2014
Meanwhile, back to Manfred, his comments yesterday weren't any different than what he said a month ago at the All-Star Game, where Field of Schemes summarized, "I think we may need to just admit that Rob Manfred is not very good at this move threat thing...Rays and Oakland A’s fans should be grateful, I suppose, since they don’t have to wake up to “Manfred says [your team here] could move without new stadium” headlines today.Sternberg said ownership does not know how much they will contribute to stadium. Says it depends on the site and what is offered— Justin Granit (@JustinGranit) August 23, 2017
"I've been interacting with (Rays Senior V.P.) Melanie (Lenz) and the team over at the Rays .... and having discussions about how we have successfully used federal transportation dollars to create partnerships with community priorities (transit $$ into a Performing Arts Center - university, etc)."Ensuing emails showed Wise and Aesch arranged an afternoon meeting on Aug. 7.
"In any case --- the folks at the Rays have been very interested," Aesch continued. "Melanie asked me to reach out to you - hence my having a great opportunity to do so! I am actually meeting w Mike and Chip on another topic on Monday August 7 ..... so if perhaps late AM might work for you ---- would love to be together."
No real news in latest @TB_Times #StadiumSaga update, except: Hillsborough's spending $$ on pitch to #Rays (1of3)...https://t.co/U2jjoxnTFz— Shadow of Stadium (@StadiumShadow) August 21, 2017
(2of3)...Hillsborough officials frustrated #Rays are making them throw out first financial offer on new stadium negotiations... https://t.co/Mhnh4hZP50— Shadow of Stadium (@StadiumShadow) August 21, 2017
For reference, here's the 2015 post on Cobb Co's secret, not-so-great, potentially-illegal deal with the Braves.(3of3)...& Ken Hagan still things the secretly-negotiated, poorly-planned, hugely-subsidized ATL park is model Tampa should copy for #Rays. https://t.co/Mhnh4hZP50— Shadow of Stadium (@StadiumShadow) August 21, 2017
Bkgd on #Rays-to-#Tampa rumors - Ken Hagan called out on his claim he never opposed public funding for stadium:https://t.co/pSVwnc5RFN https://t.co/zhwQprf0oz— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) August 21, 2017
Bkgd on #Rays-to-#Tampa rumors - Hillsborough & Pinellas negotiating against each other already: https://t.co/FuM2xVEp5e https://t.co/zhwQprf0oz— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) August 21, 2017
Bkgd on #Rays-to-#Tampa rumors - talks over taxpayer contributions could not be any less transparent: https://t.co/sOpD7o1a4U— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) August 21, 2017
The only thing we know about Ken Hagan's negotiations w/#Rays...is Stu Sternberg rewarded Hagan w/campaign cash: https://t.co/F8Fxo8JKsU https://t.co/eBnS9mzJMJ— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) August 21, 2017
But the Braves are a ballpark model for Ken Hagan and Tampa officials?— TBBaseballMarket (@TBBaseballMkt) August 21, 2017
Can't wait. https://t.co/OF7t6inFbk