MLB’s Transparent Canard Tests Tampa Bay Naiveté

    By Jim Bleyer The attendance-challenged Tampa Bay Rays are exiting the area sooner rather than later. The team and Major League Baseball make that clear yesterday by announcing they will explore sharing home games with the city of Montreal. Splitting an 81-game home schedule between two cities 1,300 …

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Tampa Bay Rays: Going, Going, Gone!

  By Jim Bleyer Major League Baseball’s near decade-long attempted extortion of Tampa Bay taxpayers is over. It culminated with Tampa. Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan whiffing on their misguided effort to relocate the Tampa Bay Rays to Ybor City. Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg’s earthshaking announcement …

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OPPAGA Counsel, Like Sgt. Schultz, Knows Nothing

By Jim Bleyer As far as we can determine, Hogan’s Heroes character Sgt. Schultz did not hold a law degree nor was he entrusted with protecting the public purse. But Janet Tashner, the state Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability’s General Counsel, apparently needs those qualifications for the …

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Transit Petition Doesn’t Add up As Education Suffers

  By Scott Myers, Contributor On May 15, 2018 Jeff Eakins, Hillsborough County School District Superintendent, announced that he would be exploring a tax referendum to increase revenues for the Hillsborough County School District. On June 15, 2018 the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer certified a petition and established …

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Foul Ball!!! Stench of Sternberg Deal Common MLB Ploy

  By Scott Myers, Contributor Tampa Bay Rays owner Stu Sternberg behaves as one would expect of a Major League Baseball owner: pitching threats, illusion, and deceit to extort cities. Declaring the price of a new stadium will increase with each passing year, Sternberg preposterously presented the possibility of a …

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Sternberg’s Best Bet: Las Vegas

  By Jim Bleyer After decades of being shaken down by sports franchises, their billionaire owners, and professional sports leagues, sensible cities are refusing to pay subsidies to keep or lure a professional sports team. There is one exception: Las Vegas.  It appears to be the most likely destination for …

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