Stuart Sternberg, owner of the Tampa Bay Rays, has reached an agreement with Rick Kriseman, Mayor of St. Petersburg, that will allow the team to break its lease on Tropicana Field with annual payments to the city. This agreement which will allow Sternberg to seek a new ballpark in two adjacent counties goes before the St. Pete City Council tomorrow. If the council rejects the agreement, Sternberg will move to sell the team to new owners, who will undoubtedly move the club elsewhere.
If the council agrees, then Sternberg has to find a new location. And then he has to get public financing. Floridians HATE taxes and have already been burned once, by none other than Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, yes, the same scumbag who drove the last nail in the Expos coffin. If Sternberg doesn't get the location and doesn't get the financing, then he will sell the team.
The investors in Montreal are lining up.