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Tampa Bay Rays: You’ll get uniform ads and you will like it!

By Seth Carter
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon poses for a stylized portrait during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 13: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon poses for a stylized portrait during the 2014 NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 13, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) /
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Tampa Bay Rays: Explaining how advertisements on uniforms fits right in with Major League Baseball.

Tampa Bay Rays jerseys could have something like a Publix logo on them as early as this season.

According to reports, as part of the 2020 negotiations, owners are asking for advertisements to be added to the uniforms.

Are you offended by this? DH or no DH, OPS+ or batting average guys appear to stand united against this affront to the purity of the game.

Tampa Bay Rays – When $10.7 Billion is not Enough

Why wouldn’t owners ask for advertisements, it could be a significant stream of additional revenue. Since the league only brought in nearly $11 billion last season, it’s easy to understand why they would want this.

That last line is both sarcastic and not.

They are always looking for more revenue, that’s how they got to $10.7 billion last season. The players will go along with this if this means their piece of the pie just got bigger.

Besides, the game sold out a long time ago. Maybe it’s the fact that we haven’t had any real games in a while, but it doesn’t quite feel like a sport focused on on-field competition. The real sport is expanding the flowing river of green.

A few years from now, if Publix has their logo attached to a Rays uniform, you will probably shop there even more because you will associate the company with the team.

Don’t be offended by this, it was inevitable. Nobody cares that watching a NASCAR race is like watching the wind blow the ads out of a Sunday paper around your driveway. Heck, they sold the name of their championship trophy to Sprint.

Consider our stadiums. I can plan an entire day with thoughts driven by my repeated exposure to Major League Baseball. 

Tampa Bay Rays – The Stadium Name Game

To start my morning right I usually like to go for a refreshing glass of Tropicana (TBR) orange juice but since I’m out I may try Minute Maid (HOU) this week. I can pick either one of those up at Target (MIN) when I’m out later today.

I need to get some quotes for life insurance, so I’ll call Globe Life (TEX) or Great American Insurance (CIN). Life insurance is important for several reasons. One reason is that I’d like to pay off my mortgage through Guaranteed Rate (CWS) in the event of my untimely passing.

I suppose I will have to call those companies later today with my T-Mobile (SEA) cell phone. Oh, but you know what? My wife mentioned to me that my bank, Truist (ATL) Bank may offer these products, so I’ll check with them.

Then again, their service has been spotty since the merger with SunTrust (ATL), maybe I should put it on the list to check with Comerica (DET), Citizens Bank (PHI), or Citibank (NYM).

My wife just called. I have a car loan through Chase (ARI) that requires proof of auto insurance, so I’ll have to call Progressive (CLE) to see if they can fax that over.

Man, this is a busy day. It’s a good thing I get to go home tonight and watch some Rays baseball with a six-pack of ice-cold Busch (STL). Of course, my friend Jables will be joining me and he’s a Coors (COL) guy. He switched from Miller (MIL) after he toured the Coors brewery in Golden, CO.

Well, I have a busy day planned. I just finished my coffee and nature is calling if you know what I mean, so I better head to the Oakland Coliseum.

Next. Rays sign Alika Williams. dark

My point is, uniform advertisements probably aren’t that big of a deal.

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