Pop superstar Justin Timberlake is reportedly interested in expanding his reach as a professional sports owner.
Timberlake has joined a group of investors and baseball executives pushing to bring a Major League Baseball team to Nashville in his native Tennessee, according to the Tennesseean.
JT, a minority owner of the NBA's Grizzlies in his hometown of Memphis since 2012, brings his considerable star power to a group called Music City Baseball.
The group includes baseball greats such as former A's pitcher Dave Stewart, legendary manager Tony La Russa, and former Red Sox and Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski.
"I am thrilled to be involved in the movement to bring Major League Baseball to the great state of Tennessee,” the 10-time Grammy winner said in a statement. “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.”
John Loar, the face of the business side of the group, said it was important to have a recognizable entertainer on board to signal its commitment to staging top-notch events.
Dombrowski agreed, according to the report.
"For us this is huge," Dombrowski said. "I mean (Timberlake) is somebody that's world-known, huge in the area and the region and the state. He supports baseball and all of the other things that we stand for. Having someone like that involved speaks a lot for his interest in making this work and also gives us support in talking to other individuals of this ilk. It's extremely important to us."
The group's aim is to have a diverse set of owners. The team has already been dubbed the Nashville Stars as a homage to the Negro Leagues team that played there in the 1940s and 50s, Loar said.
Significant obstacles remain to the group's plan for bringing baseball to Nashville, the article said, such as the details of its financial backing and the potential building of a new stadium.