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Star Power Push for Baseball in Portland

NFL quarterback and singer are financial backers

6/5/2018, 4:55 p.m.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, the singer Ciara, have joined the effort to bring Major League Baseball ...
Singer Ciara and her husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson are new financial backers of an effort to build a professional baseball stadium and lure a Major League team to Portland.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, the singer Ciara, have joined the effort to bring Major League Baseball to Portland.

The Portland Diamond Project, the company leading the push for a team and a new stadium to play, announced Friday that the husband-and-wife celebrities have each invested individually as "owner/investors" in the project.

The Diamond Project's leadership has stressed that its effort will take time, estimating an opening day in Portland would come in 2022 at the earliest.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has called Portland a candidate to acquire a franchise whether by expansion, which hasn't happened in 20 years, or relocation.

Though Wilson is an NFL quarterback, he has a connection to baseball. He played in the minor leagues while in college and practiced with the Texas Rangers during spring training in March