The Charlotte Batdogs founder and chief executive officer Rick Curti has had the idea of bringing major league baseball to the southern city for years. “When I moved from LA to Charlotte, I was shocked that such a big city and thriving population has no MLB team” says Curti.
When asked if it mattered if a team was formed in Charlotte or if a team moved to Charlotte, Curti’s answer is the same, “whatever gets a major league team to Charlotte is the way we’ll do it.”
With an online merchandise store almost ready, and a Facebook following of nearly 500, the Charlotte Batdogs will start an aggressive awareness campaign in 2013. The campaign includes social media, online video, a partnership with the Charlotte Baseball Clubhouse meetup community and other out of home activities.
The Batdogs’ other goal is to raise awareness for the other professional and semi-professional sports teams in Charlotte. The group hopes to partner with other teams in fundraisers, community events and team outings.
The Charlotte Batdogs believe that Charlotte can bring a major league baseball team to Charlotte without raising taxes if both residents and business leaders get behind the cause. The group is looking for private and corporate partners to make sure that happens.
As for the Charlotte Knights, the Triple-A minor league team that will have a stadium built in Uptown Charlotte, Curti believes that the Knights’ presence in the center city will be a huge boost to his cause.
“We’re so excited for the Charlotte Knights to move Uptown. Once people see that a minor league team can flourish, that will help us show the city that it is ready for a major league team too” says Curti.
Visit http://www.charlottebatdogs.com to get more information about the Charlotte batdogs, and view its online petition.
The Charlotte Batdogs is a group dedicated to bring major league baseball to the city of Charlotte. The Batdogs believe that it is time Charlotte recognizes itself as an elite city that can help a major league team thrive. Please find the Charlotte Batdogs on Facebook and visit its website at http://www.charlottebatdogs.com to learn more about the team and sign the petition. To contact the Batdogs, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.