Pontiac, Michigan – Former MLB Montreal Expos player Nikco Riesgo, Director of Baseball Operations for Global Baseball Inc. (GBI), officially announced the proposed creation of a professional Global Baseball League (GBL) featuring teams representing approximately 10-12 countries. Beginning April 2009, teams will play over 810 games at the soon to be renamed Pontiac Silverdome. Countries targeted for the Global Baseball League include the Dominican Republic, Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, Africa, Australia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Saudi Arabia. Other countries in consideration are Korea, England, Taiwan, Italy, Venezuela, Brazil, Germany, Israel, Russia, France and the United Arab Emirates. GBI expects the new league to replace Olympic baseball games that have been eliminated from Olympic sports.
Curtis Henderson, former Financial Manager for the City of Pontiac Treasury Department has partnered with GBI and will lead the company as President/CFO. He is a former resident of Pontiac, MI, a graduate of Pontiac Northern High School, with intimate knowledge of its history, infrastructure, and citizens. Curtis strongly believes that GBI will uplift and revitalize the City’s economy.
Henderson is an advocate for change when change is needed. His objective is to promote a financial industry within the City of Pontiac through upcoming GBI activities. These activities will improve and impact the economy. GBI will provide leadership that will inspire high standards of excellence in the delivery of revenue for city services, a spirit of cooperation, pride and responsibility to achieve strong, safe and healthy neighborhoods. This shared economic prosperity will enhance the quality of life for the City of Pontiac and its citizens.
Each year the City of Pontiac spends much more than it receives in annual revenues. The revitalization of Pontiac will be enhanced by the inclusion of GBI. Riesgo and Henderson strongly believe their partnership and mission is to help uplift and revitalize Pontiac’s economy. They strongly believe with the support of the Mayor and community leaders, economic prosperity will re-occur by way of re-opening the Pontiac Silverdome to generate revenues from Global Baseball League games and activities. Both Riesgo and Henderson support the current City of Pontiac’s administration agenda.
GBI will share all revenues, less expenses, with the City of Pontiac, producing a viable daily revenue stream for many years to come. GBI’s major funding vehicle for the new league will be a historic Stadium Naming Rights Agreement to rename the Pontiac Silverdome.