LAKE MARY, Fla. – The man who helped bring an NBA franchise to Orlando is now behind an initiative to lure another professional sports league to the area. FOX 35 News has confirmed that Orlando Magic co-founder Pat Williams is pursuing bringing Major League Baseball to Orlando.
Williams will be holding a news conference on Wednesday morning to discuss the plans, according to an email sent to FOX 35 News from a media spokesperson. The email was short on details but stated, “Orlando has been ready for this for a long time.”
Williams, along with Central Florida businessman Jimmy Hewitt, began the process of bringing an NBA team to Orlando in 1986. On April 22, 1987, the NBA Board of Governors granted an expansion franchise to Orlando, and on December 22, 1988, the Magic sold their 10,000th season ticket, thus fulfilling their commitment to the NBA and the Magic were born.