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Rays stadium in Tampa won’t happen if Hillsborough County has to pay

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On the day they met with the ABC Coalition, Hillsborough County Commissioners passed a motion pledging support for a new stadium if – and when – the Rays decide to talk to them.

However, a majority of the commissioners also pledged not to use public money to finance a stadium. Most experts consider the lack of public dollars an insurmountable hurdle to moving the Rays to Tampa.

“It’s just not going to happen,” said Craig Sher from the ABC Coalition said as to whether a stadium could be built without public financing. “There’s not that kind of revenue and profit-potential in Major League sports – particularly baseball – to privately finance a whole stadium,” he said.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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