Magic Co-Founder Pat Williams Reportedly Pushing to Bring MLB Team to Orlando

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2019

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Orlando Magic co-founder Pat Williams plans to bring a Major League Baseball team to Orlando, according to Iliana Limon Romero of the Orlando Sentinel

"Orlando has been ready for this for a long time," he said in a press release.

Williams has announced a press conference for Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET where he will discuss his plans.

Williams and Jimmy Hewitt are credited with helping bring an NBA franchise to Orlando, beginning the process in 1986 before the organization played its first game in 1989.

He spent more than 30 years with the Magic and over 50 in the NBA, including stints as a general manager with the Bulls, Hawks and 76ers as well as Orlando before becoming the team's senior vice president. He retired from the NBA last April but already appears focused on his next task.

"Even though I’m retiring from basketball, I’m not retiring from life," Williams said.

Williams played a couple of years in the minor leagues as a catcher and clearly still has interest in being a part of the sport.

Though the Tampa Bay Rays appear to be a possible option for the city, spokespeople said in June that Orlando isn't planning on making a move for the AL East squad.