$300 Million+ Class Action Suit Filed against Beleaguered Vinik

    By Jim Bleyer A class action lawsuit has been filed against Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment that could conservatively could cost the Jeff Vinik-led company $300 million. The legal action alleges TBSE, owner of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Litigation …

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Transit Tax Lawsuit Judge Admits “A Lot of Pressure”

  By Jim Bleyer Acknowledging he feels pressure in deliberating and ruling on a lawsuit challenging the validity of the Hillsborough County sales tax for transit, Judge Rex Barbas nevertheless promised anything but a quick resolution to the issue. Both sides participated in a marathon hearing Friday with more arguments …

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Truth is Kryptonite to AFT, Promoter of The Vinik Tax

By Sharon Calvert, from Eye on Tampa Bay All for Transportation (AFT) has been dishonest from the start. It tried to create a false narrative last June that the Hillsborough County tax hike ballot initiative was a “grassroots” initiative launched by everyday citizens. That was quickly debunked. Five special interests …

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Transit Tax Litigant Stacy White Draws Nuisance Ethics Complaint

  By Jim Bleyer A Hillsborough transit tax activist and noted conspiracy theorist has filed an ethics complaint against Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White in a transparent attempt to deflect public attention from just how misguided the special interest levy is and how it was sold to a misinformed public. …

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Jeff Vinik Owns Tampa Bay Times—in Case You Hadn’t Noticed

    By Jim Bleyer   Jeff Vinik, through Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment LLC, owns the major interest in the Tampa Bay Times, according to corporate records obtained by Tampa Bay Beat from Bloomberg, the world’s primary distributor of financial data. It accounts for the Times’ sheer, unfettered promotion …

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Jane Castor Elected to Lead Tampa into 2023

      By Jim Bleyer Former Police Chief Jane Castor rolled to an easy victory Tuesday in Tampa’s mayoral runoff, making history as the city’s first openly gay mayor. Her election ensures what essentially will be a four-year extension of policies promulgated by her predecessor, Bob Buckhorn. With 98 …

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The Definition of Insanity: Vinik and BriseBois

      By Jim Bleyer Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik doubled down on retaining Jon Cooper, his underachieving head coach. The former hedge fund manager and would-be developer supported Cooper in the wake of the most historic collapse in the history of North American professional sports.  The Lightning, …

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