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Why Did Nintendo Buy the Seattle Mariners?

The Seattle Mariners are an American professional baseball team based in Seattle. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West division.



King County constructed the multi-purpose Kingdome in the early 1970s with the expectation that Major League Baseball would return to Seattle within the next few years.

In 1976, the multi-purpose stadium became the home of the expansion Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.



Seattle Mariners
Seattle Mariners

In August of 1976, club administrators selected the name “Mariners” from among more than 600 potential names that had been proposed by 15,000 participants in a competition to name the squad.


Why Did Nintendo Buy the Seattle Mariners?

Despite the fact that he was the team’s principal shareholder, Yamauchi had very little involvement in the organization.

As far as he was concerned, the buyout was a thank-you gesture to the people of Washington for their assistance in supporting Nintendo in the form of a goodwill gesture to the people of Washington to assist them in keeping their team in Seattle.

1979 marked the year that Seattle played host to the 50th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.



The Mariners were first sold to California businessman George Argyros following the conclusion of the 1981 season. Argyros, in turn, sold the team to Jeff Smulyan in 1989, and subsequently Nintendo of America acquired the franchise in 1992.

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