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Russell Wilson and Ciara invest to bring MLB to Portland

Seattle power couple Russell Wilson and Ciara are part of the investment team to bring Major League Baseball to Portland.

Russell Wilson is best known for his standout football career with the Seattle Seahawks. But he's not shy about his love for a different sport. 

Baseball is a longtime passion for the quarterback. Wilson played minor league baseball for the Tri-City Dust Devils in Pasco, Washington before getting drafted into professional baseball for the Colorado Rockies.

Last year, Wilson was traded from the Rockies to the New York Yankees and will join them for Spring Training again this year, his agent told Sports Illustrated

Wilson and his wife Ciara have joined the effort to bring Major League Baseball to Portland, Oregon. The full group of charter investors was just announced with the Seattle couple adding some star power to the group. 

Here's the full list of financial backers of the MLB to Portland team, comprised mostly of Portland families: 

  • Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson
  • Recording artist and entrepreneur Ciara
  • Former MLB player Darwin Barney, father David P. Barney and brother David M. Barney
  • Retired business owner and philanthropist Samantha Richardson
  • Former CEO of Platt Electric Harvey Platt and wife Sandy
  • Opus Agency co-founder and restauranteur Grant Hammersley
  • Portland Gear founder and CEO Marcus Harvey
  • Kamp Grizzly founder Dan Portrait and wife Sheena
  • Avamere Group founder and CEO Rick Dillon
  • DWFritz Automation CEO Mike Fritz
  • Nike Inc. Vice President of Global Footwear Product Creation Mark Allen and wife Peg
  • Jevo founder and entrepreneur Tyler Williams
  • Real estate broker Kelsey Williams

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