One uptown organization not focused on MLB expansion In Charlotte

One uptown organization not focused on MLB expansion In Charlotte
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - City and county leaders have been in talks about bringing Major League Soccer to Charlotte, but could Major League Baseball be on the table as well?

Success at BB&T Ballpark fuels the case of MLB coming to the Queen City. Rick Curti heads a grassroots effort called "Charlotte Bats."

"Charlotte is one of the fastest, largest growing cities without Major League Baseball. We're second largest media market without Major League Baseball. This is a great opportunity," Curti said. "They're looking for markets where there is growth, and Charlotte fits that profile to a T."

In the past, former Hornets owner George Shinn talked about bringing a franchise to town. Discussions also happened with team owners connected to the Milwaukee Brewers and the Minnesota Twins about moving.

Michael Smith of Center City Partners sees it as a nice compliment.

"We're thrilled that the commissioner of Major League Baseball is calling Charlotte out as a market that's of interest to them," Smith said.

However, he doesn't see baseball as a priority.

"We're really excited about this process that we over the coming months to give soccer, MLS, a real evaluation," he said.

The Charlotte Knights released a statement saying, in part, "We are thrilled that our team has led the country in Minor League Baseball attendance for three straight years, and intend on continuing that tradition for many years to come."

According to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Charlotte is being mentioned as a possible expansion city.

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