The Tampa Bay Rays made a somewhat scandalous trade this week, and it didn’t involve any of the team’s players.

The Rays announced Wednesday that they’re switching from Pepsi to Coca-Cola products starting in the 2018 season, making Coke the “Official Beverage Partner of the Rays.” While perhaps benign on the surface, consider this: The Rays play at Tropicana Field, which is named after Tropicana orange juice — a brand owned by PepsiCo Inc. (Nasdaq: PEP) since 1998.

The new partnership is separate…

Atlanta Business Journal
Tampa Bay Rays switch teams — trading Pepsi for Coke

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