Now THIS is getting interesting.
On Friday, the Portland Diamond Project, the group responsible for trying to bring Major League Baseball to Portland, announced that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife/superstar recording artist Ciara as owner/investors in the management group.
“We believe Portland is the next great Major League Baseball city, and that’s why Ciara and I are excited to announce we are a part of the Portland Diamond Project,” Russell Wilson said in the press release. “It is time for MLB in Portland.”
Portland Diamond Project founder and former Nike executive Craig Cheek said it’s “game-changing” to bring Wilson and Ciara on board with the group, adding that it has “elevated our campaign significantly.”
Wilson commented on the announcement on his social media account from “Trace Me”:
“A new team is on the horizon. Today I am honored to announce that Ciara and I are part owners of the Diamond Project; we’re aiming to bring a Major League Baseball team to Portland. A place sports fanatics get excited about, headquarters to a brand athletes of all kind rep, Nike, and a center where a new stadium is about to stand tall. As owners, investors, and partners in this incredible opportunity, we plan to change the game of baseball and impact the lives of kids everywhere.”
Read the press release below:
SUPER BOWL CHAMP RUSSELL WILSON AND GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING SINGER/SONGWRITER CIARA SIGN ON AS OWNER/INVESTORS IN PORTLAND DIAMOND PROJECT
Four-Time Pro Bowl QB and Multi-Platinum Singer Join Campaign to Bring MLB to Portland
Portland, OR – June 1, 2018 – Local management group Portland Diamond Project (PDP) today announced Super Bowl Champ Russell Wilson and Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Ciara have signed on as owner/investors in PDP’s campaign to bring a Major League Baseball team to Portland, according to PDP managing director and spokesman Mike Barrett.
“We believe Portland is the next great Major League Baseball city, and that’s why Ciara and I are excited to announce we are a part of the Portland Diamond Project,” Russell Wilson said. “It is time for MLB in Portland.”
“Athletics has always been important to me. As a young girl growing up in Atlanta, I was a tomboy who ran track and worked the hot dog stand at Turner Field,” said Ciara. “I am excited about the opportunity to bring the comradery of the game to the city of Portland. I want to see this vision come to life and empower more women owners in major sports franchises.”
The Seattle Seahawks star quarterback, who led the team to a Super Bowl victory in his second season, and the platinum recording artist, who has been dominating the stage nearly 15 years, look forward to having a significant role in Portland’s MLB team. Owning a professional sports franchise has long been one of Wilson’s dreams. He is also a partner in an initiative to bring an NBA franchise back to Seattle.
“Having Russell and Ciara sign on as owners and investors in PDP is game-changing, and has elevated our campaign significantly,” PDP founder and president Craig Cheek said. “I got to know Russell and Ciara when we signed Russell to his Nike endorsement deal. I saw firsthand their passion, pursuit of excellence and impact they bring to every endeavor. We know they will bring that same energy, sense of legacy and entrepreneurialism to the Portland Diamond Project.
Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to their first world championship in Super Bowl XLVIII. He was a multi-sport star in high school and played baseball and football at North Carolina State.
Wilson was drafted out of high school by the Baltimore Orioles in 2007, and then drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 2010. Despite an outstanding college football career at NC State and Wisconsin, the 5’11” quarterback was considered too small by many NFL teams. Nevertheless, Wilson quickly became an elite pro quarterback, and led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory in just his second season.
Ciara is a Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, producer, model and actress. Over her thirteen-year career, she has sold over 23 million records and 16 million singles worldwide, including chart-topping hits “Goodies,” “Ride,” “Oh,” “1, 2 Step,” “Body Party,” and “I Bet.” Known for her incredible visuals and stellar dance abilities, Ciara’s videos have been viewed over 1.4 billion times accurately earning her the moniker of “Queen of Dance.” Ciara continues to captivate with her social media prowess reaching over 50 million fans across her platforms and channels.