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Old 07-25-2021, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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I don't think there will be an issue, honestly.

Look at current cities that are just a bit bigger than Nashville, supporting pro teams. Cleveland has 2.1 million and declining, yet supports baseball, basketball and football in the pro leagues. Similar with Pittsburgh, at 2.3 million and declining, yet supports 3 teams.

Granted, Nashville would have 4 including MLB, but the metro area is growing pretty robustly, and sitting at 2 million now without including Clarksville, adding another 250k or so in the regional consolidated population.
What helps Nashville:

Branding
Economy
Busines Creatives
Super regional influnce
Well known tourist destination
Cost of living
Quality of life
Not polarizing
No major competing cities for 100s of miles
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Old 07-26-2021, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Bellevue
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What helps Nashville:

Branding
Economy
Busines Creatives
Super regional influnce
Well known tourist destination
Cost of living
Quality of life
Not polarizing
No major competing cities for 100s of miles
What hurts Nashville is the situation with Tampa, Oakland in their stadiums. In the long run don't see Nashville competing with big market Yankees, Dodgers, others. For long term success need to be smarter than most in scouting & developing young talent. Better enjoy Titans while they have Derrick Henry. The window for the Super Bowl may last just a few years. Look at the Predators, had one season run to Stanley Cup finals but have not been back since.

Don't see any deep pocket very rich owner with roots in Nashville.
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Old 07-28-2021, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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What hurts Nashville is the situation with Tampa, Oakland in their stadiums. In the long run don't see Nashville competing with big market Yankees, Dodgers, others. For long term success need to be smarter than most in scouting & developing young talent. Better enjoy Titans while they have Derrick Henry. The window for the Super Bowl may last just a few years. Look at the Predators, had one season run to Stanley Cup finals but have not been back since.

Don't see any deep pocket very rich owner with roots in Nashville.
I agree with what you said about the stadium. Nashville has already spent 100s of millions on the Sounds and Nashville SC. Time and no infrastructure upgrades won't be enough to confirm a deal. This is a proven sports town by ticket sales and media coverage. Nashville, however, is on a whole entire level when it comes to media coverage compared to your typical 2 million + metro. I disagree with you about wealthy investors/former and current owners /new investors looking to spend. Nashville is full of celebrities and investors who are more than interested to own an MLB here. Add the cultural and historical elements and it carries even more weight.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...ll/5391425002/

https://www.mlbmusiccity.com/leadership-roster/
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Old 07-28-2021, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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^It should read "Time and infrastructure upgrades will be barriers to striking a deal among other things already mentioned".
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Old 07-29-2021, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Don't see any deep pocket very rich owner with roots in Nashville.
I think the opposite is true. There are tons of wealthy folks and well-connected deep pocketed folks highly interested in bringing MLB to Nashville.

There's a high-profile Major League Baseball club in Nashville, solely focused on bringing the sport there soon.

https://www.mlbmusiccity.com/

In addition to wealthy players, there are also many high profile celebrities going "up to bat" to bring the sport there by expansion or relocation.

https://www.mlbmusiccity.com/radio-a...to%20Nashville.

Real estate developer John Loar moved to Nashville from San Francisco, intent on getting Nashville a team:

https://www.bizjournals.com/nashvill...ing-major.html

https://musicrow.com/2021/01/john-lo...ity-interview/
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Old 07-29-2021, 02:55 PM
 
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I don't know. MLB, sort of, is already in Tennessee since Memphis has the minor league Redbirds team.
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Old 07-30-2021, 07:58 AM
 
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I don't know. MLB, sort of, is already in Tennessee since Memphis has the minor league Redbirds team.
There are four minor league baseball teams in Tennessee.

AAA
Memphis Redbirds
Nashville Sounds

AA
Chattanooga Lookouts
Tennessee Smokies (Knoxville/Sevierville)

There used to be other minor league teams in Tennessee, but after minor league baseball contracted at the end of 2020, the four teams above are the only ones left. There's a quasi minor league system called Collegiate Summer Baseball which has teams in Elizabethton, Greeneville, Johnson City, and Kingsport as part of its Appalachian League. Bristol's team plays in Virginia.
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Old 08-21-2021, 10:18 AM
 
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They weren't thinking ahead when putting the new Sounds stadium in a landlocked area where it couldn't be expanded later for MLB. And as far as that soccer stadium at the fairgrounds? Don't bet on big crowds if the ticket prices are ridiculous. And if the games don't draw well, don't bet on lots of gentrification within a few blocks.

WEHO has had a fair amount of redevelopment but that is around a 2 mile drive to soccer, from Jackelope for example.
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Old 10-14-2021, 09:51 AM
 
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The WNBA is potentially interested in expanding to Nashville.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/nashville...112056115.html

Could Nashville have all teams except the NBA, by 2025?

NFL-Tennessee Titans
NHL-Nashville Predators
MLS-Nashville Soccer Club
MLB-Nashville Stars (predicted)
WNBA-Nashville ? (predicted)

Could the city and region support all of these sports?
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Old 10-14-2021, 10:41 AM
 
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The WNBA is potentially interested in expanding to Nashville.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/nashville...112056115.html

Could Nashville have all teams except the NBA, by 2025?

NFL-Tennessee Titans
NHL-Nashville Predators
MLS-Nashville Soccer Club
MLB-Nashville Stars (predicted)
WNBA-Nashville ? (predicted)

Could the city and region support all of these sports?
I love most sports, especially basketball, but have my doubts about the WNBA here. Too much else to compete with. Four D-1 NCAA basketball playing colleges. Football at all levels. NHL hockey. Soccer (I guess, whatever... I won't be going). Plus all the other things to do in Nashville and the surrounding area. Even two of the caves in middle TN have turned into concert venues.
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