Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Nashville and Middle Tennessee have a long history of supporting baseball, both at the Minor League level and with the Negro Leagues. Public support for the Titans, Predators, Nashville Soccer Club and the Sounds further demonstrates that Nashville residents support their sports teams.
The growing popularity of Nashville has led to rapid development and the relocation of numerous Fortune 500 businesses. Given market projections of continued growth, many believe in the very near future that Nashville can support a Major League Baseball franchise that will generate positive net revenue for Major League Baseball owners and provide unmatched family experiences for our fans. The economic growth of Nashville makes it possible to develop this mixed-use development with limited public money for development related to entitlements.
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Does the team have a name?
If awarded a franchise, the current plans are to name the new team the “Nashville Stars” in honor of several Negro Leagues baseball teams that played games in Nashville prior to the integration of Major League Baseball. We intend to honor that legacy. The name also recognizes that Nashville is home to numerous stars in music, entertainment and sports.
WHAT’S THE CONNECTION WITH THE NEGRO LEAGUES BASEBALL MUSEUM?
Music City Baseball has formed a strong, long-term partnership with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. We believe in the mission and work of the Museum, and we recognize and want to honor the contributions of the Negro Leagues to baseball and to American society. In turn, the Museum leadership supports our mission and believes that Nashville can support a Major League Baseball franchise.
Here you can hear from Bob Kendrick, President, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
How long will it take to get a team in Nashville?
How much will it cost and who’s going to pay for it?
We understand there is a buy-in expansion fee to Major League Baseball owners in excess of $1 billion. Through a series of private offerings, Music City Baseball raised $4.5 million to cover operating expenses for the first three years. We are now exploring ways to raise additional capital for future operating expenses and to begin development of a baseball park/entertainment venue surrounded by a mixed-use, family friendly entertainment district. We intend to construct a fully conditioned, retractable roof venue which will cost in excess of $1 billion. We are in discussions to secure partners and investors to pay for the cost of (i) the baseball franchise, (ii) the ballpark/entertainment venue and (iii) the entertainment district.
We intend to secure investors to provide the funding to construct a state-of-the-art ballpark to house 81+ home baseball games and serve as an entertainment venue for more intimate concerts, shows and special events. We have identified several outside investors interested in participating in this project, but we hope to raise a substantial amount, if not a majority ownership interest, from local Tennessee investors.
Where is the stadium going?
Who is going to own the team?
Do you have any community partnerships?
Baseball is the nation’s favorite pastime and Music City Baseball continues to engage families and the entire Nashville community to support the Nashville Stars. We are actively exploring partnerships with local community groups and nonprofits.
Who’s leading this initiative?
The Music City Baseball leadership team and advisors are diverse and bring a wide range of experience from business, sports, entertainment and various other industries. The leadership team and group of advisors are experienced and effective. The MCB board includes Alberto Gonzales, Board Chair, former Attorney General of the United States; John Loar, Board Member and Managing Director, real estate developer, with experience in the sports and entertainment fields; Bob Kendrick, Board Member, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) in Kansas City, MO; and Eddie George, Board Member & Real Estate Development Advisor, Heisman trophy winner, NFL Rookie of the Year and former running back for the Tennessee Titans.
Our baseball advisors include Tony La Russa, member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame with expansive experience in baseball team management and organization (presently La Russa, who is Manager of the Chicago White Sox, will advise only during the off season); and Tim Corbin, Head Baseball Coach at Vanderbilt University and coach of the 2014 College World Series Champions.
Justin Timberlake, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Darius Rucker, Kix Brooks, Maren Morris, Ryan Hurd, Larry Gatlin, Mickey Guyton, and others are all part of our Music Industry Advisors and support the efforts of Music City Baseball.
Our entire Leadership Roster can be found HERE.
HAS MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PROMISED NASHVILLE A TEAM?
HOW WILL A MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FRANCHISE AFFECT THE NASHVILLE SOUNDS?
The Nashville Sounds are a first-class organization and have been a strong community partner for Nashville. The success of the Sounds demonstrates the strong local support for baseball.
Music City Baseball continues the work to determine whether Middle Tennessee can support both a Major League Baseball franchise and a Triple A minor league team. We intend to work with the City of Nashville, Major League Baseball and the Sounds to find a mutually acceptable and beneficial outcome for all parties and for the taxpayers of Nashville.
WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S POSITION ON MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND POSSIBLE SITES IN NASHVILLE?
Presently, Music City Baseball has no binding agreement or understanding with the City or State about a possible stadium site. While we acknowledge interest in City-owned property on the East Bank of the Cumberland River east of Nissan Stadium, our renderings are for illustrative purposes only and intend to depict one possible location. Furthermore, MCB intends to commission an additional feasibility study next year to help determine the viability of Major League Baseball in Nashville. The results of that study will inform where best to locate a stadium.
While we have had discussions with the mayor, the governor and their respective staffers, these discussions have not been substantive. Both have expressed support generally for any project that generates positive net revenue for Nashville, enhances Nashville’s reputation, provides tangible benefits to the people of Nashville and that does not require public financial support.