Is Charlotte’s Dream Of Becoming Home To An MLB Team Suddenly Over
There’s been a grass movement going on for a while. People want Major League Baseball in Charlotte. Charlotte’s been part of discussions to become home to an MLB team when expansion comes to the sport soon. But Charlotte’s dream of becoming home to an MLB team may be over. Rob Manfred, MLB’s commissioner has mentioned the Queen City several times as a great city to have a team. Nashville, Portland, Salt Lake City and Montreal are also mentioned as potential expansion cities.
This all sounds great, except one huge problem just popped up. The Tampa Bay Rays have just signed a new stadium deal to remain in the Tampa St. Pete area. That means the Rays are no longer an option to move to one of the cities mentioned let alone Charlotte. So the MLB in Charlotte dream may be over. Now if Charlotte wants a team it will have to build a contender from the ground up. We all know how difficult that can be. (See the NBA’s Bobcats).
Manfred has stated he will add 2 expansion teams in the near future. We could get a clearer picture of when that will happen this fall during MLB’s owner’s meetings in Las Vegas.
To complicate matters on the Charlotte front, no one person or investment group has said they want to bring an expansion team here. However, that person or group could come from elsewhere. Just like David Tepper did in 2018 when he bought the NFL Panthers for $2.275 billion. Tepper was part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He later dished out $325 million to add a Major League Soccer expansion team to the QC. Michael Jordan just sold our city’s oldest big-league team, the NBA Hornets…for 3 billion.
I love going to AAA Charlotte Knights games. It’s a cheap night, with an awesome new ballpark. Word is that if we do land an MLB team, that stadium would be ready to host the team. Of course, they’d need to add a few thousand seats which according to reports is not easy. We may not see MLB in Charlotte anytime soon.