Cooper Still Coaches While Franchise Value Decays

    By Jim Bleyer Would you reward an employee whose ineptitude cost you well over $100 million? Of course you wouldn’t but that’s precisely what Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik did when he extended coach Jon Cooper’s contract last March. Cooper’s contract with the Lightning was set to …

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Rays Lower Seating Capacity: Real Story and the Spin

  By Jim Bleyer The obsequious Tampa Bay media, never passing up an opportunity to genuflect to the local lords of professional sports, uniformly term the shrinking of Tropicana Field’s seating capacity as creating “an intimate fan experience.” The national press and fans of the Tampa Bay Rays know better: …

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Vinik Downtown Project in Deep Trouble!

    The Boston Globe said Vinik “reinvented” himself but Tampans have discovered that only applies superficially. By Jim Bleyer Water Street Tampa, the highly-touted $3 billion “vision” of local businessman and Tampa Bay Times investor Jeff Vinik, is in deep trouble and may be taken over and/or liquidated by …

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