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Auld on What Rays’ Split-Season Proposal Could Mean for Rowdies

by JAKE NUTTING There was no shortage of reactions from yesterday’s press conference in which the Tampa Bay Rays made their case for splitting future Major League Baseball seasons between Tampa Bay and Montreal. Rowdies fans entered the conversation when it came to principal owner Stuart Sternberg’s comment that the Rowdies and Rays sharing a […]

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Kriseman Expands on Tropicana Field Speculation

By JAKE NUTTING St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman ruffled some feathers two weeks ago in Tampa Bay and even with the Tampa Bay Rowdies when he, unprompted, mentioned in a radio interview with WDAE 620-AM that Major League Soccer was “intrigued” by the idea of a new stadium for the Rowdies where Tropicana Field currently […]

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Interview with Rick Baker Following Rowdies’ Huge Referendum Win

by JAKE NUTTING Edwards Group President Rick Baker spoke with The Unused Substitutes the morning following the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ resounding referendum win to set the stage for a longterm use agreement and renovation project at Al Lang Stadium as part of the team’s effort to join Major League Soccer. The following is a transcript […]

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St Pete Voters Give Rowdies Go-Ahead to Negotiate New Al Lang Use Agreement

by JAKE NUTTING The Tampa Bay Rowdies’ campaign to move up to Major League Soccer continued to chug along on Tuesday as St. Petersburg residents voted to allow the team and city to negotiate a new 25-year use agreement for Al Lang Stadium. A longterm deal is a necessary part of the team’s proposal to […]

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St Pete Chamber PAC Hosting Phone Banks for May’s Al Lang Referendum

by JAKE NUTTING The May 2 referendum to decide if St. Petersburg city officials can negotiate a new long-term use agreement for Al Lang Stadium with Tampa Bay Rowdies Owner Bill Edwards is drawing closer. Without a positive result in the special election, the Rowdies’ project to win an expansion spot into Major League Soccer […]

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Tampa Bay Rowdies, Tampa Bay United Announce Details of Landmark Affiliation

by JAKE NUTTING The Tampa Bay Rowdies are turning their focus to the foundational level of the sport in the region in a major new affiliation with Tampa Bay United, the largest youth soccer organization in the area. Starting this year TBU will now be known as the TBU Rowdies, with the group’s top-tier teams […]

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Keith Fulk Tapped as Rowdies U23 Head Coach

by JAKE NUTTING Unused Substitutes has learned that Keith Fulk will be pulling double for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Along with serving as Director of the Development Academy teams under the new affiliation with Tampa Bay United, Fulk will also act as Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Rowdies U23 in the Premier Development League. The bulk Fulk’s […]

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St Pete City Council Voices Strong Support of Rowdies MLS Bid, Sets Al Lang Referendum for May 2

by JAKE NUTTING The Tampa Bay Rowdies effort to win an expansion spot into Major League Soccer stayed on course Thursday thanks to a unanimous vote of approval from the St. Petersburg City Council which set a public referendum for May 2 to allow the team and city to negotiate a new 25-year lease agreement […]

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Help Wanted: The Unused Substitutes are Seeking Contrubtors

by UNUSED SUBSTITUTES STAFF It’s been an eventful offseason for the Tampa Bay Rowdies, to say the least. The Unused Substitutes have worked hard to offer the best consistent coverage of the Rowdies, including their switch from the NASL to the USL and their campaign to join MLS. With all the new focus and energy […]

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Rowdies’ Al Lang Referendum Moves Ahead to Public Hearing After Passing First City Council Vote

by JAKE NUTTING The ordinance calling for a public referendum to allow the Tampa Bay Rowdies and city of St. Petersburg to negotiate a new 25-year use agreement to manage Al Lang Stadium as part of the team’s bid to win an expansion spot in Major League Soccer took an important step on Thursday. St. […]