Tampa Bay Rays not long for this world?
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01-28-2013, 12:30 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Originally Posted by
Faidh ar Rud Eigin
If the US calculated metro populations the same way as Canada Vancouver would be more than twice as big as Charlotte, or vice versa. Besides, I don't think Seattle could say much, they aren't particular close and Seattle doesn't have exclusive television rights in BC anyway (It's shared with the Blue Jays).
Tampa Bay needs to move in the next 5 years, and right now the only places that can take a team are Montreal with their decrepit stadium, and Vancouver with a few changes to BC Place. There is no way the league is going to let one team fold but that's what's going to happen to Tampa if they don't find somewhere else to play.
Tampa Bay is profitable, the Canucks are more likely to fold than they are.
If metro areas were counted the same as in America Vancouver's metro area would be 5 million people? You would get a handful of extra towns but you wouldn't be close to 5 million people. It's simply not a large market, especially when you consider there is no chance of growing into a regional franchise since people in US border towns will root for the Mariners.
Also, BC Place is not a serious baseball facility. MLB isn't moving a team anywhere unless it's to a new stadium.
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