Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/21/12
Commentator Keith Olbermann first advanced the notion that the Marlins' latest bait-and-switch would kill the Rays' chances of getting public financing for a new stadium in Florida. Rival executives quickly agreed. One exec said the Rays had been "making progress" on financing, but would be set back by the Marlins' betrayal of the Miami-Dade County lawmakers who approved the team's subsidies. Another exec predicted that the Rays now stand "zero chance" of getting a park built to replace dreary Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The Rays' view, according to major league sources: Their negotiations for a new stadium were only "inching along," and their chances of securing financing were slim even before the Marlins' latest stunt. Frankly, the Rays don't believe they should be lumped with the Marlins, and not simply because they've won 90 games in each of the last three seasons (while ranking last or next-to-last in MLB in attendance the last two). The Marlins offered almost a te...
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