Major League Baseball’s attempt to globalize has been put on hold.
‘AP’ cited multiple sources on the 17th (Korean time) and reported that Major League Baseball has canceled plans to visit Paris, France, scheduled for 2025.
It was reported that the reason the Major League canceled the plan was because it could not find a promoter.
Previously, Major League Baseball’s labor and management established plans for overseas games in accordance with the labor-management agreement agreed to in March of last year.
Accordingly, it has been confirmed that overseas games will be held in 2024 in Seoul, Korea (March), Mexico City, Mexico (April), and London, England (June).
Major League Baseball is making steady efforts to target the European market in particular.
In 2019, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox played a game in London, England, and after the plan was postponed due to the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19) pandemic, the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs played a game in the same place in 2023. The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies are scheduled to visit in 2024.
Commissioner Rob Manfred previously announced during a visit to London last June that he was pushing for the game to be held in Paris in 2025.
According to the Associated Press, citing sources, no progress had been made over the past few months to make the trip to Paris financially feasible and the plan was eventually cancelled.
It remains to be seen how the cancellation of the Paris game will affect Major League Baseball’s future plans to enter the European market.
Major League Baseball is scheduled to hold games in Tokyo, Japan, Mexico City, and San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2025.
A visit to London, Mexico City, and San Juan is scheduled for 2026.