MLB could play regular-season games in London as soon as 2017

Commissioner Rob Manfred wants to expand MLB's popularity internationally.

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NEW YORK — Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says the league could play a regular-season game in London in 2017.

Manfred says "we are very interested in playing there, and we’re working hard on that one," adding he doesn’t think it will be a season-opening game "because of the weather issues."

Manfred says a game would be "later in the season."


Baseball has been looking at the Olympic Stadium in east London as a possible venue. Manfred wouldn’t discuss the possibility of having a high-profile matchup between teams such as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

Manfred says "we haven’t really settled on teams, and I don’t want to speculate about that. Obviously, we want to make as good a first impression in Europe as we possibly can."

The NFL, NBA and NHL have all played regular-season games in London in recent years.