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House Speaker: ‘Zero’ chance Bucs get state money for stadium

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers shouldn’t hold their breath for any state subsidy to renovate Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. House Speaker Richard Corcoran told WTSP’s Noah Pransky in an interview there was “zero” chance his chamber will fund the pro football team’s $10 million subsidy request – and didn’t think the Senate would go along either. The Bucs “applied under a statutory scheme put in place” that may be eliminated, he said. The team is the only professional team seeking money…

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Pro sports franchises: Build your own stadium, ballpark, or arena

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Mitch Perry’s story Tuesday on about the bill filed by state Sen. Tom Lee to dismantle state’s Sports Development Program triggered an instant thought: Well, forget about a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays. I followed up with a call to Lee, a Republican from Brandon, and asked if my thought about the Rays was on the mark. “This won’t preclude the Rays or any other franchise from coming to the Legislature and asking for help with a…

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