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MLB may step into Rays stadium debate

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Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says he's disappointed with attendance at Rays baseball games in St. Petersburg.

Speaking at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Copperstown, N.Y., Selig told reporters that Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg has briefed him on the current situation with the stadium.

Selig says the contract negotiations with St. Petersburg are stagnant. 

"Unfortunately we're stalled," said Selig.  "It's serious enough that in the last 48 hours i'm considering assigning someone from MLB to intervene in this process to find out, frankly what the hell is going on."

Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan says he met with the Hillsborough County Attorney Thursday morning to talk about the current status of the Rays.

"We're just doing our due diligence in order to hit the ground running once St. Petersburg reaches an agreement to look outside of Pinellas County," Hagan said.

Hagan says he's not surprised about Selig's remarks Thursday, because Sternberg told the Hillsborough County Commission in January it Major League Baseball may step into the negotiations.

"It reaffirms what Stu Sternberg, the owner of the Rays said at our county commission meeting back in January, when I asked him point blank, do you see a point in time when MLB would intervene and he said most certainly," said Hagan.  "So it reaffirms what he said and it reemphasizes the sense of urgency that we have in our community that we need to sit down and have a regional dialogue to ensure that we can find a sustainable solution for the Rays in our community."

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