Players, owners must agree on labor contract ; the current pact expires Dec. 31. The NFL wasn’t looking to add another team at the time, so Bassett filed a lawsuit against the league claiming that it violated antitrust laws by denying the Grizzlies, who were briefly known as the Southmen, entry into the NFL. But the Orlando bid had the backing of Amway Corp. president Richard DeVos. The winning name, as selected by Washington Metropolitan Baseball President John Akridge, was Nationals. Paul for the start of the 1961 season and became the Minnesota Twins. An expansion team is a new team in a sports league, usually from a city that has not hosted a team in that league before, formed with the intention of satisfying the demand for a local team from a population in a new area. Major League Baseball hasn’t expanded since 1998, but if there is MLB expansion, here are seven potential cities for new teams.  Expansion was approved unanimously by all teams in July 1991. It also had a nickname (SunRays), color scheme (quicksilver, electric blue, and SunRay magenta), and a manager in waiting (Bob Boone.) This 12-team configuration … Hampton Roads, a metropolitan area in southeastern Virginia that includes Norfolk and Newport News, was one of nine candidates for NHL expansion in 1997. NL East. It wasn’t exactly a failed expansion bid, but the prairie town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was prepared to welcome the St. Louis Blues in 1983. The prospective ownership group announced it preferred a nickname other than Senators and asked fans to submit ideas on a postcard. Make it one team. While the shades-sporting baseball never made it to the big leagues – MLB awarded expansion franchises to Miami and Denver – SunRays was the nickname of Minnesota’s AA affiliate in Orlando from 1990-1992. The selection of Charlotte and Jacksonville left the prospective ownership group in Memphis, led by cotton magnate William “Billy” Dunavant, crying all the time. , Establishment of the 27th and 28th teams in MLB, Major League Baseball Players Association, 1992 Major League Baseball expansion draft, "NL will grow by 2, but first . Senator Connie Mack III from Florida, the grandson of baseball great Connie Mack and a member of the Senate Task Force on Major League Baseball, pushed Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent to expand to Florida. His group planned to construct a 50,000-seat domed stadium if Mexico City were awarded a team. . It's Official", "More than just Barnum on the bill for expansion Marlins", "Denver, Miami expected to be approved as expansion cities", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1993_Major_League_Baseball_expansion&oldid=996029905, Pages containing links to subscription-only content, Wikipedia introduction cleanup from June 2015, Articles covered by WikiProject Wikify from June 2015, All articles covered by WikiProject Wikify, Articles with unsourced statements from October 2011, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 24 December 2020, at 03:51. This is an extreme yet encouraging talking point given the typical doomsday talk about the state of baseball that typically graces radio airwaves. In 1974, the city was named one of five finalists for an expansion team along with Honolulu, Phoenix, Seattle, and Tampa Bay. The 1993 Major League Baseball expansion resulted in Major League Baseball (MLB) adding two expansion teams to the National League (NL) for the 1993 season: the Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins (now known as the Miami Marlins). Having stadiums and some fan base focal points in the east and west can justify any division alignment. Within three months of a laboar agreement, commissioner will announce timetable", "Baseball Ready to Add Miami and Denver Teams", "6 cities named finalists for 2 NL expansion teams", "Mack Pushing Commissioner; Wants Expansion Timetable", "Owners' Group Approves Denver, Miami Baseball: Final hurdle is vote by all owners. That led to a push for expansion, causing the changes of additional divisions, wild card playoffs and more. Despite the lack of current Major League Baseball expansion plans, a group that wants to bring a club to Nashville is branding its potential team as the Nashville Stars. The WHA folded before the 1974 season and the Totems joined the Central Hockey League in 1974-1975. Baltimore was another city in the running for an expansion team in 1993. When the NFL expansion committee headed by current league commissioner Roger Goodell awarded franchises to Charlotte and Jacksonville in 1993, three other prospective teams with nicknames, logos, and color schemes already unveiled and season ticket deposits sold, were left disappointed. // 1. , U.S. But the Gateway to the West, which was home to the Cardinals before they left for Phoenix after the 1987 season, missed out as the result of an internal dispute over the lease for the newly built Edward Jones Dome. The 1998 Major League Baseball expansion resulted in the establishment of Major League Baseball (MLB)'s 29th and 30th teams beginning play for the 1998 season.After initiating an expansion committee in March 1994, 27 groups representing nine cities submitted bids for the proposed expansion teams. The 'Jacks !!! Get Used to It. Atlanta, Columbus, Nashville, and St. Paul, which were among the nine candidates, were awarded expansion franchises over the next few years. Population base per franchise (with MLB team): 679,879 Number of Fortune 1000 Companies: 8. The NL had already picked up 2 AA franchises in Brooklyn and Cincinnati for the 1890 season, to go along with the original Boston and Chicago franchises and existing teams in Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. So I just kept going, and Nationals just came tumbling out.” Nationals was the name of Washington’s National League franchise in 1886 and the name the team adopted when the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington, DC, after the 2004 season. , Though previous expansions allowed the drafting of players from the same league only, Vincent declared that the American League would receive $42 million of the National League's $190 million in expansion revenue so that the AL would provide players in the National League expansion draft. Sporting leagues also hope that the expansion of their competition will grow the popularity of the sport generally. The adage that a rising tide lifts all boats is a mantra to keep in mind when considering expansion. After all, baseball, like all sports, has taken a huge financial hit, and there is still a lot of questions about the 2021 season.Add to that the fact that the current collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2021 season. After previous failed attempts to bring the Major League Baseball to Colorado (most notably the Pittsburgh Pirates nearly relocating to Denver following the Pittsburgh drug trials in 1985), by the late 1980s a team seemed to be a possibility in Denver. See also. The league decided to add the Cleveland Rams from the AFL instead, in part because of its concerns about the travel costs to the West Coast. The group selected was led by John Antonucci, an Ohio beverage distributor, and Michael I. Monus, the head of the Phar-Mor drugstore chain. Nearest Teams: 247 miles (Braves), 402 miles (Nationals) Sports History: Panthers (NFL), Hornets (NBA), Knights (AAA) The Case for… Charlotte’s population is more than enough to sustain an MLB team. The idea of expansion has been muted before, but there’s no shortage of candidates.  With three sites from Florida remaining in contention it became apparent that one would win out while the other spot would go to a non-Florida team. 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