The Baltimore Orioles’ desire to host the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game created a scheduling conflict that pushed the city’s bid to host the NAACP National Convention to 2017.
Charm City was initially thought to be the front-runner to host the 2016 NAACP convention — the local chapter even jumped the gun sending a news release announcing the city had been selected — until a scheduling conflict made hosting the event that year difficult. The scheduling conflict centered around the fact the NAACP usually schedules its convention a week to two weeks after the Fourth of July. But the All-Star Game is usually played around that same time.
“We’ve been told that’s been set aside, in theory, to be our year for the All-Star Game. So odd years are National League, even years are American League, and if you just look at, you know, the last time we hosted an All-Star Game it seems like almost everybody else has,” said Tom Noonan, Visit Baltimore’s president and CEO.
Three American League teams have waited longer than the Orioles since last hosting an All-Star Game: the Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays. Both the Rays and A’s have what could generously be described as facilities issues that make hosting the game a long shot. Toronto last hosted the game in 1991 and Baltimore was awarded the 1993 game.
“It’s all being led by the O’s. They’re the ones that are really in the know about it,” Noonan said. “But they did inform us we’re being heavily considered,” Noonan said.
An announcement on who will host the 2016 All-Star Game is expected before MLB Commissioner Bud Selig steps down in January. Cincinnati, the 2015 host, was announced last January.