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Justin Timberlake joins campaign to bring Major League Baseball to Nashville

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 9/10/2020 By Kate Feldman, New York Daily News
Justin Timberlake wearing a suit and tie: U.S. singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake attends the 2019 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 13, 2019 in New York City. Timberlake announced Wednesday he's joined a group called Music City Baseball that aims to create a Major League Baseball team in Nashville. © ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images North America/TNS U.S. singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake attends the 2019 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 13, 2019 in New York City. Timberlake announced Wednesday he's joined a group called Music City Baseball that aims to create a Major League Baseball team in Nashville.

Who wants to bring baseball to Nashville, Tenn.? Justin Timberlake think it’s gonna be him.

The Tennessee native announced Wednesday that he’s joined a group called Music City Baseball that aims to create a professional MLB team in Nashville.

“I am thrilled to be involved in the movement to bring Major League Baseball to the great state of Tennessee,” Timberlake said in a statement to the Nashville Tennessean.

“I believe in Music City Baseball’s vision of linking baseball and music in a unique way to unite and entertain people and I am excited to help generate awareness throughout the community as we share our vision for bringing MLB to Music City,” adds the 39-year-old singer.

The backers behind Music City Baseball include Dave Dombrowski, the former president of baseball operations of the Boston Red Sox during their 2018 World Series championship, three-time World Series champion Dave Stewart and musician Eric Church.

The plan is to call the team the Stars, after the Nashville Negro leagues team that ran from the late 1930s to the early 1950s.

“I reached out to Justin’s management group and we’ve been working with Justin for over six months,” John Loar, leader of Music City Baseball, told the Tennessean.

“I think he’s passionate about sports and he’s interested in the entertainment angle that we’re presenting in building a world class entertainment district, which includes a ballpark. Incorporating music and sports is interesting to him.”

Timberlake’s uncle, John, is also the director of Florida operations for the Clearwater Threshers, a minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Talk of MLB expansion has long swirled and Commissioner Rob Manfred named Nashville a “viable” market at the 2018 All-Star Game, along with Charlotte, N.C., Las Vegas, Portland, Ore., Montreal and Vancouver, British Columbia. But first, Manfred said, the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics have to sort out their own stadium issues before he can even think about adding teams.

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