The Rays' position is still split with Montreal or (I assume) leave entirely. They're also not worried quite as much about attendance as other teams.
He noted — ”tongue in cheek, but it’s the truth” — the Rays likely could (have fans) with social-distancing restrictions in place, though they would be happy to adjust if demand increases: “Most of our games are attended by less than 10,000 people, so we could probably for the most part run a normal stadium operation.”
With no fans buying tickets and concessions, no revenue-sharing check from Major League Baseball and additional expenses through the postseason, Sternberg said the Rays took a massive financial hit, though he declined to specify how much.
“A number I wouldn’t have imagined to lose in a baseball season,” he said — more than if there had been a work stoppage and they didn’t play at all.
Worse, the impact will be felt not just in 2021 (with the team payroll expected to go down), but over several seasons.
“I think it’s going to be three to five years to where we’re able to sort of get a clear understanding of the new normal,” he said, citing local and league-wide revenues, ticket sales to fans and businesses, sponsorships and other data points.