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The future of the Rays in St. Petersburg could be decided today

We’ve talked about the deal reached between the Rays and the City of St. Petersburg which would allow the Rays to look outside of the city at new stadium sites. The deal requires city council approval, however, and that will be voted on today at a meeting that takes place at 3pm.

Is it a slam dunk? Not necessarily, the Tampa Bay Times reports that “several city business leaders have said it is a poor deal for the city and planned to lobby council members to vote it down.” The mayor has told the city, however, that if the deal is not approved, the Rays will likely be sold and it’s quite likely that any sale of the team would involve it moving to another city. The Rays’ owner has said as much himself. It’s unclear if that’s just pressure placed on city council or a legitimate statement of intent.

We’ll know soon.