JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – With baseball season heading into the dog days of summer, one man has been leading the way for a new Jackson sports experience. We’ve been here for you with updates regarding a potential new Mid-Michigan baseball team.
After nearly striking out, there is new life for a proposed Jackson baseball team and confidence is growing.
Commanding Curve Corporation President Dan DuBois said, “greater than 50-percent. We’ve got you know like I said multiple partners taking a look at it.”
It hinges on a naming rights partner. After gaining steam the deadline was extended to the end of August. Companies now taking Dan Dubois’ pitch seriously.
“Our (potential) partner will find a community that’s ready to embrace it and make this thing very impactful if they were to put their name on this. So, I think those are the things that are resonating with them,” said DuBois.
And, that optimism is spilling over to the county officials.
“Mister DuBois will do an excellent job putting together a proposal. I think that once they get a plan and have a sponsor it will be an exciting thing for Jackson,” said Jackson County Commissioner James “Steve” Shotwell.
The grandstands at the Jackson County Fairgrounds used to be home to horse racing but that’s ancient history now. They still get used during the annual Jackson County Fair for various events. But, if a proposed Frontier League is able to push through it could provide a big spark for Jackson.
Jackson Resident Gale Elkins said, “I mean that’s a lot of property that’s just settled over there for nothing. You might be able to raise money for the city too and give people something to do.”
Jackson Resident Josh Saldana said, “anything to bring people downtown or to bring people to Jackson in general I think is going to be a great thing. The city is up and coming so it’s pretty awesome anytime you can get people down here.”
So, people in Jackson and officials are rooting for a home team.
The next step for the people involved with the independent baseball team is to hammer home a letter of intent after finding a naming rights partner.