MLB pulls plug on Rays' split-city plan between St. Petersburg and Montreal

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Major League Baseball’s executive council has actually ended on the Tampa Bay Rays’ pursuit of a split-city plan that would have seen them play half their video games in St. Petersburg and the other half in Montreal, the group revealed on Thursday. (Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times was the very first to report on the matter.)

Stuart Sternberg, the principal owner of the Rays, verified the news throughout an interview. Sternberg continued to promote the split-city principle itself, forecasting that it would end up being popular in sports in the future. MLB, he declared, simply wasn’t ready to be the very first to cross the limit.

Sternberg likewise stated the Rays are open to “ideas and thoughts” on how they can stay in the Tampa Bay area. (No word yet on whether he’s thought about spending for his own arena instead of counting on federal government aids.)

The Rays initially presented the split-city principle in 2019. As we composed at the time:

If that sounds complicated and impractical — well, yeah, definitely, it is. The Rays have not had the ability to persuade one city to fund their brand-new play house, not to mention 2 simultaneously. Oh, to make matters much better — the entire sister-city thing? A handful of legal obstacles stand in its method to boot. Sternberg might have discovered that out the difficult method on Tuesday with concerns to a remark he made about Montreal.

The Rays’ lease at Tropicana Field goes through the 2027 season. It must be kept in mind that group president Brian Auld formerly stated the franchise had actually concluded that it was “next to impossible that full-season baseball can succeed in Tampa Bay today.” Of course, Auld and the Rays may need to backpedal now that the league has actually nixed a crucial piece of their posturing. 

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