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What is your point? I was wrong? Ok. You win. I was wrong.
Tampa doesn't deserve a sports Franchise.
I think there are just a multitude of reasons at play here for both the Rays and the Bucs. The Lightning are very well supported - so something they are doing is working.
For the Rays - I have no doubt the stadium and TV play a massive role. Baseball is unique in that the experience at the ballpark is a HUGE part of the attraction of going to a game - and it needs to be good to get you to go to the game rather than watch it on TV. Baseball is meant to be outdoors, sitting in the stands, sun shining, breeze blowing, socializing. Also - downtown Tampa is simply a much better location. Look at how successful the Lightning have been in downtown Tampa. You get more corporate support, more South Tampa support (where the big $$ is). I recently toured the ballpark in Washington DC where the Nats play, and they have a beautiful ballpark. They said that everyone gets off work and heads right for the ballpark. It is one big social scene and fans love it. Thats what the Rays need.
Tell me I am wrong.