Saturday, December 20, 2014

Nashville: Visiting the Possibility of more Pro Sports

Nashville is home to some good ol' American (and arguably Canadian) spectatorship outside of the Grand Ole Opry.  You have NASCAR.  And for the past decades you've had big league claims.  The Titans and now Predators.

The most difficult and probably most coveted sport to land is Major League Baseball.  For many years, you have affiliated with big league franchises in your Triple A ballclub, the Sounds.  And in the history of the major leagues I'm sure Nashville will at some point be a big league baseball team.

Take a look:  

Good news:

A city as romantic and American as Nashville will get a team.  Your competition is Charlotte with an aesthetic honorable mention of Louisville and New Orleans somewhere down the line.  But for anyone, it looks later than sooner.

An artist's rendering of Nashville's new Sulphur Dell ballpark, set to open in Spring 2015

The only inner-state rival is the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies.  Like Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, I doubt you're salivating at that prospect either.  I find it most impressive that Sound Town landed the NHL and I was unaware of a robust NBA attempt.
Nonetheless, it's impressive that in the east you would beat out cities the likes of Cleveland, Indy or Milwaukee for any such northern sport bid, especially after the capital of the south's failure for hockey.  Do some Nashvillians tire of rooting for the Braves?
Will some city in the east get big ball soccer before you?  Probably Charlotte.

By the way, Tennessee, I love your Tennessee Smokies team.  Someday, Nashville.  Someday.

In the meantime, think New Orleans Hornets-Oklahoma city ...
I believe the below links are the soonest options for a realistic shot, right now:

Tennessee Pioneers MLB Team Might Play where NFL's Titans Should. Sharing the State. MLB Memphis and Nashville.

Major League Baseball in Tennessee. How to beat out Charlotte for an Expansion Bid. New Brave King of the South.

Major League Baseball in Nashville and New Orleans

Time for more MLB in the South
Southtown Soundhounds MLS Franchise 
Major League Soccer in Nashville, Charlotte and beyond.

See more expansion, co-location and relocation talk for football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer on my blog 

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