I have been a huge critic of Foster and while he suffers from severe PMS problems (petulant man-child syndrome), an article from the Tribune gives credence to the argument the Rays could be doing more in their marketing efforts. At minimum there are some different emphases or angles they could take, which could be beneficial. I'll be honest in saying, if there marketing team does not contact every business in the Tampa Bay area every year in person (or over phone), they are not doing enough. And some businesses are saying they are not being contacted much.
Also, here's another article, showing how Florida is the most ravaged state because of the bad economy, and the Tampa market is the worst MLB and pro team market, according to unemployment, median income, median personal debt and credit rating. This does not even scratch the location and geographical issues.
In a vacuum, the Rays would benefit from working together with both mayors for marketing strategies as they also work on finding a location and funding a new stadium that works best for both sides. But with the Rays trying to build the case they need a new stadium and championing their lack of resources cause, and Foster's PMS issues, this, unfortunately, will never be.
What do these articles shed light on for you? What arguments do you agree or disagree with?