ESPN’s Howard Bryant reports, somewhat confusingly:
According to sources, baseball commissioner Bud Selig has instructed Rays management not to make significant financial investments in the area until attendance indicators improve, suggesting the team could be investing in potential relocation sites.
So what are “significant financial investments in the area,” exactly? It’s not like the Rays are planning on building a new stadium on their own anytime soon, or a hotel shaped like a devil ray or anything else. Does Selig mean they shouldn’t do any upgrades of Tropicana Field? And why on earth would “attendance indicators” (is this different from “attendance”?) improve at a stadium that the team isn’t maintaining and is disparaging as obsolete, in a city that the commissioner of baseball is suggesting they should leave?
Noah Pransky speculates that this might be why the Rays aren’t spending much on billboard ads, which is as good a theory as any. But it still seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face — even when you have a pennant-winning team, you still have to spend money to make money.