The story mentions that Norfolk and Las Vegas are the two largest cities in the U.S. without a team in MLB, NFL, NBA, or NHL. The absence of a team in Las Vegas is understandable with concerns about gambling, but I think Norfolk's problem may be that a sizeable chunk of the people of the United States don't know where Norfolk is. Or what state it's in. (I have a low regard for the geographical knowledge of most of the United States.)
And it appears that the name of the mysterious businessman from the Tidewater area of Virginia is William Somerindyke, Jr.
Charlotte is supposed to be the next stop on the extortion tour, which has already been to San Antonio, Portland, and Hialeah.