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The Rays are finalizing plans for a new stadium, which means MLB expansion could be on deck


The Tampa Bay Rays are finalizing plans for a new ballpark in downtown St. Petersburg, which is a positive development for baseball fans in Florida.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. Why have the Rays been lobbying for a new ballpark?
  2. Why do you think it has taken so long for them to get approval on a new ballpark?
  3. What is revenue?
  4. Why is revenue important to a sports team like the Rays?
  5. How might a new stadium help the franchise to generate more revenue?
  6. What is expansion as it relates to a professional sports league like Major League Baseball?
  7. Why might a new stadium deal for the Rays indicate MLB expansion could be in the future?
  8. Why would MLB want to expand?
  9. What is an expansion fee?
  10. According to this story, what cities might be contenders for a MLB expansion franchise?
  11. Why might those cities want a MLB franchise?
Chris Lindauer
After working for nearly a decade in professional sports, Chris Lindauer, formed Sports Career Consulting to provide unique sports business education opportunities in and out of the classroom. In the eighteen years (and counting) that followed, Chris has inspired thousands of students to pursue their passions and explore the career of their dreams. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog.


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