Russell Wilson and his wife, Ciara, are the last to put their names and money on the line to try to bring a baseball team to Portland.
Portland Diamond Project local group, whose mission is to bring Major League Baseball to the city, announced the Seattle Seahawks quarterback and singer as new partners.
No financial details were announced, but one source said that all partners in the company divided the costs equally for the effort. If the MLB grants the city an expansion franchise, those involved in the project would naturally be the favorites to own. It would be more complicated if a current team with an existing owner moved to the city.
Wilson is also a partner in a company to take the NBA to Seattle.
The Portland Diamond Project was formally announced earlier this month. It is run by former Nike executive Craig Cheek, who met Wilson when the field marshal signed his endorsement contract with the brand. The plan is to acquire land in the area and begin the process to build a stadium.
Earlier this month, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he would like to expand by two teams to 32. He previously cited Montreal, Charlotte and Mexico City. as first favorites.
If anyone comes to fruition, and Wilson is in line to become the owner, the NFL would finally have to approve the transaction, making sure that no other partner can offer him any additional incentive that results in manipulation.
Over the past two decades, Portland has been talked about as a community that could support baseball, although the upside is that the only current minor league team on the market is the Hillsboro Hops, a short-season A-Clbad. equipment.
Wilson was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in 2007 and the Colorado Rockies in 2010. He played in spring training games for the Texas Rangers and the New York Yankees.