Here is the flabbergasting reality of the Tampa Bay Rays: They are on pace to finish with a winning record for a sixth straight season but have the lowest average attendance in the American League (17,909).
The location and aesthetics of Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg have prevented the franchise from reaching its full financial and competitive potential. But there's no concrete plan for the Rays to play elsewhere, in large part because St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster has resisted calls to let the team out of its stadium lease.
That is the dilemma facing principal owner Stuart Sternberg, who granted FOXSports.com an exclusive, wide-ranging interview at this week's MLB Diversity Business Summit in Houston.
Sternberg is chairman of Major League Baseball's diversity oversight committee and a member of Commissioner Bud Selig's newly formed on-field diversity task force.
Part 1 of our conversation -- on baseball's efforts to expand diversity and the future of the game itself -- c...