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  • ST. Christian Jones Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Rays have reached a deal with St. Petersburg that would allow the team to search for new stadium sites on both sides of Tampa Bay.The team has played since its inception in Pinellas County at what now is called Tropicana Field, and has often ranked near the bottom in major league home attendance. The agreement, slated for a vote Thursday by the St. Petersburg City Council, would allow the Rays to evaluate sites on the east side of the bay in Hillsborough County, where Tampa is located.The deal, outlined by St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman, also established how much the Rays would have to pay the city if they leave their current home before their Tropicana Field lease expires in 2027.Kriseman stressed Tuesday the so-called memorandum of understanding does not allow the Rays to consider moving outside of the Tampa Bay region.In the past, the team has been able to consider only alternative sites in St. Petersburg and surrounding Pinellas County.This agreement simply does what the Rays have been asking to do — evaluate locations in Pinellas and Hillsborough County, the mayor said. Evaluate means non-binding discussions only. It does not allow them to enter into any agreements with any other locations.The agreement is valid through Dec. 31, 2017, and includes stipulations that it would no longer be valid or admissible in court if the Rays go anywhere other than in the region.Payments to escape the remainder of the lease at Tropicana Field would be based on how many years remain on the existing contract, beginning with $4 million per season until December 2018. It would decrease to $3 million per year from 2019-22 and $2 million from 2023-26.Speaking in San Diego at baseballs annual winter meetings, Rays principal owner Stu Sternberg said he doesnt have a gut feeling on how the city council will vote. He noted getting to this point ... has been three mayors and six years in the making.But if the deal is rejected by city council, thereby stalling efforts to examine options on the other side of the bay, Sternberg said the region eventually could wind up losing the team.Look, Im not leaving, Im not moving this team. Im not taking this team out of the area, Sternberg said. But thats me, and the chances of me owning this team in 2023 if we dont have a new stadium are probably nil. Somebody else will move it. Its not a threat, its just the reality.Kriseman called the deal an unprecedented, good and fair agreement for the city. He also did not rule out the possibility the Rays could wind up remaining in St. Petersburg, perhaps in a new stadium built on the Tropicana Field site.Rays president Brian Auld joined Kriseman at a news conference at the domed stadium.Today marks a significant step forward. But this is just the beginning of a long process, Auld said, adding that the team intends take a fresh look at all possibilities in Pinellas and Hillsborough, which is also home to Tampa Bays other two major pro franchises, the NFLs Buccaneers and NHLs Lightning.Despite making the playoffs four times since 2008 and finishing with winning records six of the past seven seasons, Tampa Bay has had trouble drawing fans.The Rays averaged a major league-worst 17,857 this year — down from 19,255 in 2012 and 18,645 in 2013, when they also were last in attendance.Tampa Bay and Oakland are the last teams seeking new stadiums since the ballpark-building boom began in the 1990s. The Athletics would like to move to San Jose, California, but have been blocked by the San Francisco Giants, who hold the territorial rights. Custom Detroit Lions Jerseys . -- Floridas smothering defence returned to form just in time for the third-ranked Gators to keep their winning streak going. Tracy Walker Lions Jersey . - Tiger Woods only made it through 10 holes Thursday — this time because of the weather, not his back.PARIS -- Monaco consolidated second place and put leader Paris Saint-Germains title celebrations on hold by winning 1-0 at Rennes in the French league on Saturday. PSG could have clinched the title this weekend if Monaco lost and it won on Sunday at Lyon. For now, Monaco pulled within 10 points of the leader. Emmanuel Riviere chased a through ball from Jeremy Toulalan to score with a sliding effort in the 55th minute. Riviere then had a close-range attempt diverted onto the bar by Rennes goalkeeper Benoit Costil in the 63rd. Lille kept pace with Monaco, staying six points behind in third, by edging Valenciennes 1-0. Divock Origi took a pass from Salomon Kalou to score with a low strike in the 70th minute. "It wasnt easy but the most important thing is to take the three points," Lille coach Rene Girard said. "It seemed to me that we missed a bit of gas in the tank, a bit of freshness. But the boys managed to do what they needed to do." Elsewhere, Ajaccio midfielder Mehdi Mostefa volleyeed home in the 86th to salvage a draw and delay his teams relegation after Bordeaux substitute Jussie opened the scoring in the 62nd. Sylvester Williams Jersey. Sochaux kept its slim hopes of safety alive by defeating Toulouse 2-0 to climb to 18th place. Jordan Ayew headed in a cross from winger Roy Contout to put the hosts ahead in the 15th before returning the favour in the 49th for Contout, who doubled the lead with a header. Evian beat Bastia 2-1 to move eight points clear of the relegation zone. Denmark international Daniel Wass scored the winner with a powerful free kick in the 48th. Vincent Aboubakar scored in stoppage time his 14th league goal in a 2-1 win over Nice to fire Lorient into the middle of the table. Gilles Sunu gave Lorient the lead in the 19th before Nice leftback Timothee Kolodziejczak levelled by converting a rebound in the 30th. On Sunday, Saint-Etienne faces Reims and Nantes hosts Guingamp. On Friday, Marseille edged Montpellier 3-2 to keep alive its slim hopes of a European spot. Cheap Hawks Jerseys Cheap Celtics Jerseys Cheap Nets Jerseys Cheap Hornets Jerseys Cheap Bulls Jerseys Cheap Cavaliers Jerseys Cheap Mavericks Jerseys Cheap Nuggets Jerseys Cheap Pistons Jerseys Cheap Warriors Jerseys Cheap Rockets Jerseys Cheap Pacers Jerseys Cheap Clippers Jerseys Cheap Lakers Jerseys Cheap Grizzlies Jerseys ' ' '
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