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After the city’s first Major League Baseball (MLB) team—Seattle Pilots—was unable to financially continue operations, they moved from Washington State to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, following the league’s 1969 regular season. Meanwhile, there were discussions among local businesses and civic groups to bring professional baseball back to the Pacific Northwest. These included, in part, construction of a multipurpose domed stadium to also attract a National Football League (NFL) team. While plans for the facility were being developed, Seattle filed a lawsuit against MLB. Afraid of bad publicity and other problems because of the lawsuit, in 1973 baseball’s franchise owners promised Seattle a new team in the next expansion.