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Rays owner Stu Sternberg stated that, "At this point, Major League Baseball no longer believes in the Tampa Bay area."

A) http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/blog/danny-knobler/21610391/rays-owner-mlb-no-longer-believes-in-tampa-bay-area

B) http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/tampa-bay-rays-major-league-baseball-no-longer-believes-in-the-tampa-bay/1272064

However, Sternberg also stated that if the team can begin exploring new stadium sites soon, he thought that could generate enough new corporate support and fan excitement to convince other owners that baseball "can be here for another 50 or 100 years.''

http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/tampa-bay-rays-major-league-baseball-no-longer-believes-in-the-tampa-bay/1272064

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Buster Olney says Nashville would work. I'd personally like Montreal to get a team back.

Just thinking of franchises that are well-supported in other sports, New Orleans or Carolina maybe?

Carolina would create friction with Baltimore and Washington. If they got a team it would significantly cut into the MASNCASHMONEY.

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Las Vegas, Portland, San Antonio, New Orleans, Montreal (with a decent owner if might work), Vancouver, New Jersey, Connecticut, Nashville, Memphis, Carolina, Salt Lake City...

Or to go out of the box: Puerto Rico, Mexico City, Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)...

Here's a list of the top 40 (radio) markets in the US (albeit it's a sketchy source: http://www.radio-media.com/markets/main.html), with the current non-MLB locations bolded:

#1 	New York, NY 	15,340,000#2 	Los Angeles, CA 	10,609,200#3 	Chicago, IL 	7,612,100#4 	San Francisco, CA 	6,012,000#5 	Dallas, TX 	4,576,700#6 	Philadelphia, PA 	4,291,700#7 	Houston, TX 	4,165,000#8 	Washington, DC 	4,041,300#9 	Boston, MA 	3,888,800#10 	Detroit, MI 	3,859,700#11 	Atlanta, GA 	3,750,700#12 	Miami, FL 	3,489,800[b]#13 	Puerto Rico 	3,264,900[/b]#14 	Seattle, WA 	3,150,300#15 	Phoenix, AZ 	2,801,300#16 	Minneapolis MN 	2,550,200#17 	San Diego, CA 	2,485,600#18 	Nassau, NY 	2,353,600#19 	Baltimore, MD 	2,236,800#20 	St. Louis, MO 	2,210,800#21 	Tampa, FL 	2,194,600#22 	Denver, CO 	2,150,300#23 	Pittsburgh, PA 	2,019,400[b]#24 	Portland, OR 	1,905,700[/b]#25 	Cleveland, OH 	1,800,600#26 	Cincinnati, OH 	1,691,100#27 	Sacramento, CA 	1,651,800#28 	Riverside, CA 	1,571,100#29 	Kansas City, MO 	1,506,400[b]#30 	San Antonio, TX 	1,496,600[/b][b]#31 	Salt Lake City, UT 	1,467,800[/b]#32 	San Jose, CA 	1,466,800#33 	Milwaukee, WI 	1,420,300[b]#34 	Providence, RI 	1,383,300[/b][b]#35 	Columbus, OH 	1,382,600[/b][b]#36 	Middlesex, NJ 	1,372,700[/b][b]#37 	Charlotte, NC 	1,355,800#38 	Orlando, FL 	1,340,500#39 	Las Vegas, NV 	1,335,300#40 	Norfolk, VA 	1,298,500[/b]

Carolina has the problem of interfering with the minor league teams that are there. Connecticut or New Jersey steps on some serious toes, though those two teams are by far the richest and could probably survive without too much trouble. Montreal would be good, except for the history there.

Las Vegas, Portland, and San Antonio make the most obvious sense. Mexico City or Puerto Rico (in the USA, remember) would be bold and interesting.

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Buster Olney says Nashville would work. I'd personally like Montreal to get a team back.

Just thinking of franchises that are well-supported in other sports, New Orleans or Carolina maybe?

I don't think Nashville or Carolina would work. To me they just would not be able to support 81 major league games. I live in Charlotte, and have spent plenty of time in Nashville. I just don't see it. But I have been wrong before.

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Buster Olney says Nashville would work. I'd personally like Montreal to get a team back.

Just thinking of franchises that are well-supported in other sports, New Orleans or Carolina maybe?

It would rock to have an MLB team here in Nashville. Particularly if they were an NL team so that they don't clash with my O's fandom (the O's always come first).

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I wouldn't mind seeing a team in Brooklyn, but I guess the Rays wouldn't work since that would put two AL East teams in the NYC area. On the other hand, you'd have the same problem in the NL East, and it wouldn't make sense to put a Brooklyn team in the Central or West, so who knows?

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