Top Rays executive: Rowdies purchase is an ‘exciting business opportunity’

After buying the Tampa Bay Rowdies, the Tampa Bay Rays will reinvest proceeds from Rowdies’ games back into the soccer club.

Matt Silverman, president of baseball operations for the Rays, declined to disclose the purchase price, but talked about the economics behind the deal after a Tuesday morning news conference confirming the sale, which was widely reported Monday.

“It’s an exciting business opportunity and it’s a community asset,” Silverman told St. Pete Catalyst. “Just like with the Rays, we’re going to pour back in the revenues to enhance the product and the fan experience and make it a great thing for our fans.”

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NPR’s Eric Deggans: ‘The more ambitious consumers of television have left broadcast’

As television changes, so changes the role of the television critic.

No longer are the auteurs and innovators breaking new ground on the major broadcast and cable networks. Streaming TV – unfettered (for the most part) by advertising and FCC restrictions on language and subject matter – is where the old rules are being pulverized. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and others are wielding mighty hammers.

No one knows this better than St. Petersburg resident Eric Deggans, the full-time television commentator for National Public Radio, who sees his job as helping viewers navigate through it all.

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Here’s how many Florida businesses expect to give their workers a pay raise

One in three Florida small and mid-size companies expect to increase wages for workers in the next six months.

The biannual survey of businesses across PNC’s footprint, including 150 Florida business owners, found that nearly one in four Florida business leaders – or 24 percent – plan to add full-time employees in the next six months. Those expecting to reduce the number of full-time and part-time employees fell to record lows, less than 1 percent and 2 percent respectively.

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Full speech: Mitch Landrieu addresses removal of Confederate statues in New Orleans

Mitch Landrieu is coming to St. Pete October 11th for Suncoast Tiger Bay's 40th Anniversary. See his explanation of why he advocated for and oversaw the removal of Confederate statues, and what it means to "make straight what is crooked."

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The Hustle

Mark & Amy Anderson (St. Pete Salt Works)

CKO Kickboxing Clearwater is a gym for men, women, beginning kickboxers, experienced kickboxers and anyone else seeking an engaging workout, a sense of community and a better life.

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Callyo provides policing technology that aims to help officers protect children from exploitation and human trafficking.

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The Shuffle

Dori Marlin
Marlin Media & Consulting

Susan Manning
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate


Bill Edwards
Bill Edwards Foundation

Focus: Funding

Investors must move beyond innovation to achieve impact [Generocity]

Ben Franklin Technology Partners President and CEO RoseAnn Rosenthal writes about the business community's embrace of the injunction to "do well by doing good."

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ACUMEN: Reading

Why You Need a Reading Plan [The Art of Manliness]

You may have a plan for your week, a plan for your workouts, a plan for your finances, and even a plan for your leisure time. These plans help you get the most out of your time and resources — the most out of your life.

But have you ever thought about having a reading plan?

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