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Tampa Bay Rays



The Tampa Bay Rays have proudly represented Major League Baseball in the Tampa Bay region since 1998. The organization and its foundation are committed to building a strong community bond through meaningful interaction and charitable contributions. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig calls the Rays a “model organization,” and the organization is widely recognized as being “best-run, most symbiotic” in baseball. Over the past six years, the Rays have won more games than any other MLB team except the New York Yankees. The team’s streak of six consecutive winning seasons is the longest ever among Tampa Bay’s major sports franchises. ESPN has long recognized the team’s fan-friendly approach and attention to customer service. It ranked the Rays in fan affordability in each of the past seven years among all MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA franchises. Through grants and other contributions, the Rays Baseball Foundation has invested over $3 million in the Tampa Bay region over the past six years.

Barry Newell

Barry Newell joined the Rays in 2017 and was promoted to Vice President, Business Operations & Analytics in 2020. In this role, he leads all business analytics efforts for the club and works collaboratively with each department to enhance its data-driven strategy. Additionally, he has been influential in the organization’s overhaul of its technology strategy, touching internal systems and customer-facing platforms, with the overarching goal of improving the fan experience. In 2018, Newell was instrumental in leading the Rays purchase of the Tampa Bay Rowdies USL soccer franchise, based in St. Petersburg.

Before joining the Rays, he worked as a M&A investment banker in New York City with a primary focus on media and telecommunications. In this role, he partnered with both Fortune 500 and international companies to help them achieve their strategic and financial goals.

Newell graduated from Princeton University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and was a four-year letterman on the Varsity Football team. He also holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, with a focus on marketing and managerial analytics. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council. He lives in Tampa with his partner, Kelly, and their two dogs, Jax and Nala.


Barry Newell
Vice President of Business Operations & Analytics