June 28, 2022

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Vetoes Funding For New Rays Spring Training Facility

The reigning AL East Champion Tampa Bay Rays were set to receive approximately $35M from the state of Florida prior to Governor Ron DeSantis (R) setting a record budget for the state on Thursday afternoon.

The site, which was set for the Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area, would have moved the Rays Spring Training from Port Charlotte, which sits about 100 miles south of the Tampa metropolitan area.

While a number of things originally expected to garner funding didn’t receive it, including $75M in state funding for USF St. Petersburg’s Environmental & Oceanographic Sciences department, backed by Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls (R), it was the decision on the Rays that stunned quite a few people.

Up until Brian Cohen, who hosts the No Lie With BTC podcast, tweeted that DeSantis planned to veto the movement amidst his $3B proposal vetoes, it was almost assuredly going to be approved.

Christina Pushaw, the Governor’s Press Secretary, retweeted an article that heavily speculated that the Rays response to the recent shooting in Uvalde, Texas swayed the Governor’s adjudication, raising concerns of politically-charged retaliation. The Rays and Yankees eschewed live game coverage to promote statistics of gun violence via their social media platforms.