Major League Baseball could stage regular-season games in Europe from 2019, commissioner Rob Manfred said yesterday.
Plans to play at London’s Olympic Stadium did not come to fruition in time for this season or next but the league would like to add Europe to Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Australia as overseas venues for games.
“It’s something we’d really like to do in 2019,” Manfred said. “We do think it’s time, whether it’s 2019 or shortly thereafter, that we play in Europe.”
Other major US sports have enjoyed success with games in London and elsewhere in Europe, particularly American football.
Since the first NFL game at Wembley Stadium in 2007, there have been 17 games in London with four more on the slate for this year.
Twickenham has been successfully introduced as a second venue while Tottenham’s new stadium has been specifically designed to stage NFL matches and potentially one day host a London franchise.
The NBA has hosted seven regular-season games at the Millennium Dome since 2011, as well as pre-season matches there and one at Manchester Arena.