St. Pete mayor pessimistic about baseball's future

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 24, 2013 at 2:03 am •  Published: November 24, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The outgoing mayor of St. Petersburg says he doesn't believe that Major League Baseball wants to stay in Pinellas County or even the Tampa Bay area.

The Tampa Bay Times reported ( that Bill Foster, whose term ends in January, said he was negative about the Tampa Bay Rays' future.

For years, the Rays have believed the Trop is poorly located and cannot support a long-term winning franchise. The team's attendance has been so low that other teams subsidize Tampa Bay through revenue sharing.

Incoming Mayor Rick Kriseman must figure out how to protect St. Petersburg's financial interests in a baseball stadium it is still paying off, negotiate with a team that wants to explore options beyond Pinellas and also prevent the team from leaving the region altogether.


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