Rays "news" may happen this week


Remember that time when St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman and the Tampa Bay Rays execs forged a deal that would have allowed the team to look at potential stadium sites? And how it didn't go over so well with a majority of City Council members once they realized the team was making out like a bunch of well-heeled bandits?

Well, Mayor Kriseman wants another go at a stadium deal, and this Friday he'll send Council a revised version of the agreement they rejected.

"He's already relayed the MoU verbally to all the councilors," said Kevin King, a spokesman for Kriseman, and Friday he's submitting it to them in writing.

There's no word yet on when an actual vote would take place, though, as Kriseman has said he wants to be confident a majority of the council is open to a deal before he asks them to talk about it, King said.

Among issues that made the council skeptical in December was the fact that the team stood to make money from Trop site redevelopment even after leaving the stadium. The team would pay up to $36 million if it were to leave before 2027, but the Trop site could be worth up to $100 million.

The new deal would not entitle the team to any redevelopment revenue, but the amount the team would compensate the city would stay the same.

"He just addressed the chief concern the council had in December and now it's up to the council if they want to do anything with it," King said.

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