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Wait the royals had a chance to move to the NL and DECLINED? What the hell were they thinking??

Admiral's idea makes as much sense as anything. Ironically, I think the Twins would next have been offered the chance if the Brewers somehow declined.

I wonder if the Royals were still feeling their big rivalry with the Yankees at that point.

Now this is reminding me of how the Bills turned down Baltimore's spot in the AFC North because they wanted to keep the rivalry with the Dolphins. Only problem was it was a Kelly/Marino rivalry, not a Bills/Dolphins rivalry. And look at that great rivalry today.

Whoa, I never knew that about maybe the Bills moving divisions. Of course it would make more sense geographically, and the Ravens-Steelers rivalry hadn't boiled to the point it is now.

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But don't forget the 3 hours it takes to get from Tampa to St. Pete.

Or so the "you can't trust the attendance numbers, it's a great baseball market!" people would have us believe.

They really should reverse the Rays and Buccaneers stadium locations, if that were such a simple solution. The Rays would do so much better with a stadium just outside downtown Tampa, while the Buccaneers wouldn't really have a drop-off in attendance if their stadium were in St. Petersburg.

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Wait the royals had a chance to move to the NL and DECLINED? What the hell were they thinking??

Admiral's idea makes as much sense as anything. Ironically, I think the Twins would next have been offered the chance if the Brewers somehow declined.

I wonder if the Royals were still feeling their big rivalry with the Yankees at that point.

Even though I was excited to see the Brewers in the NL at first, I really feel like they belong in the AL (which was even founded in Milwaukee).

Too bad we can't just swap the Brewers and Astros and make things right again.

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While the lease for the Tropicana Dome is as ironclad as a stadium lease could get, there was a study done I believe a decade that said Northern New Jersey could feasibly have it's own MLB team. I think there was a group talking about buying the Expos and moving them to NJ maybe. The Wilpons and Steinbrenners would never allow it (nor should they), but it wouldn't be the most insane relocation in the history of pro sports.

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Put them in Newark and I will need to change teams

Why? Sports teams don't represent or "rep" an area, they just happen to play there. Most players don't "rep" an area either, and mos likely couldn't give a :censored: who they play for, and rightfully just want to be paid, so why change teams?
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Link: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2013/11/scott-boras-rays-move-new-jersey-tampa-bay-yankees/

Not that anyone cares what a superstar agent thinks, but - hey... Agents, I guess, are the utmost standard bearers for fully "free markets".

Discuss.

Good thing that baseball's executives don't think much of Scott Boras.

Funny thing is too his justification is that they're last in attendance. What he doesn't mention is that they're aveaging nearly 19,000 a game. Yet he makes it sound like they're the Expos who were averaging 7,500 at one point in the early 2000's. Fact is someone is ALWAYS going to be last, that's the nature of a list. Doesn't mean it's justification to move. Particularly when a decade ago 5 other teams had attendances lower than what the Rays had this year.

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Put them in Newark and I will need to change teams

Why? Sports teams don't represent or "rep" an area, they just happen to play there. Most players don't "rep" an area either, and mos likely couldn't give a :censored: who they play for, and rightfully just want to be paid, so why change teams?

God forbid the guy cheers for a home town team.

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There is a one in a billion chance the Rays will move to Jersey, let alone Newark. However, if they do move to Newark I would have to change teams, because I would want them to succeed and thrive in NJ.

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Don't understand how Jersey is always in the mix.

The Devils have always had attendance issues and they've been among the most successful teams in the league for the past 2 decades (even now that they're out of the swamp, still relatively low)

The Nets had trouble drawing 14,000 fans when they were a title contender.

Now bring in a team that requires at least 25,000 a night to stay viable into a territory where the Yanks and Mets already have their claws dug in.

Makes sense.

I think the only viable option at this point is Portland. A good sized city with no other summer team and only one other team period (sorry, I still don't count MLS).

Montreal, as much as I'd love to see it, I just don't see it working out. At least not yet.

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