Trivia

Hard

Which Major Video Game Company Also Owned A Major League Baseball Team?

Sony
Sega
Nintendo
Microsoft
The logo for the Seattle Mariners.
The Baseball Club of Seattle

Answer: Nintendo

It seems like a rather unlikely mating, a major video game company and a Major League Baseball team, but that’s exactly how things ended up for the Seattle Mariners pro baseball team.

In the early 1990s, the Mariners were in rough financial shape. Nintendo of America, based out of Redmond, Washington, leveraged the capital of Nintendo of Japan and purchased 54 percent of the team for 67 million dollars—effectively securing majority ownership. In 2004, Nintendo of Japan passed the majority ownership stake directly over to Nintendo of America.

At the time, Nintendo was the only major video game company to own a major sports team and one of only four corporations to own a Major League Baseball team—the other three corporately-owned teams are the Atlanta Braves (Liberty Media), the Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Communications), and the Washington Nationals (Lerner Enterprises). In 2016, however, Nintendo sold a significant number of shares (reducing their ownership stake to 10 percent) and the principal ownership of the team now belongs to First Avenue Entertainment limited partnership, led by businessman John W. Stanton.

Trivia

Hard

The Largest Flying Creature In History Was The?

Trivia

Easy

The Economy Of The Country Nauru Is Based Almost Entirely On Exporting?

Trivia

Hard

The Coldest Permanently Inhabited Place On Earth Is?

Trivia

Easy

Which Of These Fruits Contains A Powerful Natural Meat Tenderizer?

Trivia

Hard

Roller Coasters Originated In What Country?

Trivia

Hard

The Strongest Candidate For An Alien Radio Transmission Is Referred To As?

Trivia

Hard

Which Popular Video Game Was Written Almost Entirely In Assembly Code?

Trivia

Hard

Grazing Cows Naturally Align Themselves With?

Trivia

Easy

The Opposite Of Albinism Is Called?

Trivia

Hard

Leafcutter Ants Don’t Eat Leaves, But Use The Leaves To?