Being an avid baseball fan and a
resident of Orlando, it is very sad to say Orlando does not
currently have any minor league baseball here. One of the fastest
growing cities in the United States, we can't seem to keep a team
here. We had the Orlando Rays, the Orlando Cubs and The Orlando
Twins. My ultimate goal is to bring baseball back to Orlando, with
the Orlando Tornadoes.
There are two possible locations
to play that are both currently vacant: Orlando's Tinker Field and the
Disney Wide World of Sports. Orlando is one of the world most
popular vacation spots during the summer, making this a very attractive market.
The key to get people to the games
is making it affordable, a fun-family atmosphere and promotions
that people can't pass up. Even if people aren't baseball fans,
they can still enjoy a fun, carnival-like atmosphere where they
feel their money is well spent, and their family had a great
So why has baseball in Orlando failed in the past? One reason is
that most local people will not drive out to Disney to watch a
game, due to traffic and two, Orlando does have a lot of other
entertainment options. But with the right marketing, this can
all change. I have a plan to implement creative
sports marketing ideas that will make people want to go through the turnstiles,
just like Mark Cuban has done in Dallas. He took a team that was
in dead last, created a new corporate image, motivated his
employees and now has nearly a sell-out at every Dallas
Mavericks game. He does things that people talk about, listens
and interacts with the fans (the most important people who are
actually supporting the team).
why the Tornadoes? Believe it or not, no college or professional
team carries the name "Tornadoes". There are many teams with
"natural disasters" as their icon, but no Tornadoes. We have the
Cyclones (Univ. of Iowa), the Lightning (Tampa Bay Hockey), the
Avalanche (Colorado Hockey), The Norfolk Tides (Minor league
baseball) The Storm (Tampa Bay Arena Football), the Salem-Keizer
Volcanoes (Minor League baseball) and The Heat (Miami
Basketball). All forces of nature for teams, but no Tornadoes.
It just sounds nice, doesn't it? It's very hard these days to
come up with a unique, creative name that is not in use.
Throughout the past 10 years, I have had the chance to work with professional athletes in many aspects as far as marketing and securing celebrity athletes for appearances. We book baseball speakers for motivational speaking engagements, hire athletes for corporate appearances, autograph signings, VIP meet and greets, and keynote speakers. We also help corporations find the perfect athlete for product endorsements and celebrity golf tournaments.
My ultimate goal is to own and help
operate a minor league baseball team here in Orlando.
Don't worry Orlando residents and baseball fans, I hope to have a
team here shortly.
Co-Founder of TornadoPromotions.com, Inc.,