There has been plenty of sports talk this week in New Bedford.

On Wednesday, Mayor Jon Mitchell announced the creation of a steering committee to develop a proposal to bring the 2024 Olympic sailing competition to Buzzards Bay and New Bedford. The initiative gained support from the city council after Council President Brian Gomes announced his support for bringing a sailing event in the city.

Ward Two City Councilor Steven Martins is also pushing for New Bedford to become the new home for the Pawtucket Red Sox. Martins filed a motion to send a letter to the new PawSox ownership asking them to consider relocating the team to New Bedford and even offered to take the ownership team out to lunch if they visit the city. Possible locations for a new stadium include the Whaling City Golf Course and the former NSTAR building, which is also being eyed as home to a future casino.

Both of these plans seem a little far fetched; the host country selection for the 2024 games won't be made until 2017, and the state of Rhode Island is doing everything in its power to keep the Boston Red Sox AAA affiliate in the state (most likely in Providence). But if one of both of these ideas came to fruition, it could lead to some major investment and tourism in the city.

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