Pawtucket Mayor Pleads For PawSox Stadium Deal

(Providence, RI)  --  Time is running out for the state of Rhode Island to pass a funding bill for a new Pawtucket Red Sox stadium.  That was the message from Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien at a House Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday night to consider a plan that removes a state safety net from bonds to finance the park issued to the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency.  Grebien told committee members that if a bill doesn't pass by the end of the Rhode Island legislative session this week, that likely means the team is leaving, as the city of Worcester is trying to lure the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate.  Team officials did not attend the hearing, and have been silent on the version of the stadium plan supported by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, which differs from the version passed by the Senate earlier this year.

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