why the FUCK does every single American league seem to want to do shit in London
Please. You think there aren't enough Americans in Britain or even Europe who wouldn't travel to see a 3-game series between just about any two teams? Or people genuinely curious?
If it was about going to actual fans, go to the Netherlands, where they actually have baseball fields and players.
Yes, they absolutely would. Not as fans of the sport though, but as a tourist attraction that will wear thin quickly.
I'm not even saying it to shit on American sports by the way, it's just how it is.
Or, you know, Japan, Korea, or China, where they actually know what baseball is, have their own pro teams, and follow multiple leagues?
Why go to London over Japan, where they would go pretty much every goddamn pre-season until they stopped for no reason?
Not just that, MLB could play against teams from other leagues, just like NBA does (in which I missed 2015 match and they won't be doing in 2016) and like NHL and NFL used to do.
>could a japanese league actually compete with MLB teams?
>of course on Hockey NHL teams would be beated because iron curtain and shit back in the 80's
>but FIBA vs. NBA teams are really one sided towards american teams
>and don't get me started on the canadian massacre of NFL vs. CFL
Baseball is such a global sport, why would you go to one of the countries that doesn't give a fuck about it? Isn't Cricket more popular over there?
Shit, sorry; it looks like it's me who's the idiot. My bad, British Anon.
Nah I wasn't very clear, can see how you'd think that.
On topic: I went to a baseball game when I was in America, pretty fun but easy to see why it wouldn't catch on over here.
NFL is the ultimate hipster sport over here now, if you're gonna give us a franchise, give us one of them
I just don't see the gap in the market for it. People get their dose of American sporting culture with NFL, Baseball is a pretty slow game, and having a game or 2 in London every year isn't going to rally the entire country behind it
That'd be pretty cool, i'd totally go to London to watch a couple games if there was an actual team there.
The viewership for the Super Bowl is crazy nowadays, especially considering the time it's broadcast
I don't really see the problem. They're only talking about playing a couple of games there and because the MLB plays an absolute fuckton of games a season it's not like any of the fans are actually missing out.
baseball used to be a lot more popular here 50-100 years ago but it died off for whatever reason
a lot of australia's elite crickets in the early to mid 20th century played baseball in the winter to keep their eye in
Baseball is still better built up in Australia than it is in the UK, by a longshot. They're showing this Australian Winter League baseball on the MLB Network here.
>they're not drawing 10,000 fans a game, but there's still support and a general base
the difference being that Brits think football American-style confirms their idea of Americans as big brash and violent, whereas they have no idea about the gentle farm-centric summer sport of baseball.
They already do cricket, so they don't need baseball and there's no novelty to it, as there is to the NFL.
Also, there aren't any baseball players who can speak English that the English can understand, so promoting it will be difficult.
how dumb are you?
also: the list of greats who have been through MTL is pretty impressive for a city without a team
>Yes, but cricket is the 2nd most played sport in the world.
>Baseball is probably behind:
Only 2 countries on the planet play football.
And 196 countries that don't play football.
ALSO: An NFL team plays 3 games per year
If there was a London team (terrible fucking idea, btw) at least only 3 teams per year would have to visit the soggy isle.
But MLB teams play 654 games per year.
And there is no way MLB players are going to be voluntarily jet-lagged every few weeks, especially where there's no benefit to them.
does mlb seriously think baseball is appealing in any way to non existent markets. this is year 2015 baseball is not going to attract new fans. why dont they focus on the existing markets like east asia
>"the existing markets like east asia"
that's cute Canada. meanwhile in Asia every single currency is collapsing
>Also, there aren't any baseball players who can speak English that the English can understand, so promoting it will be difficult.
>Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Actually, wait. Why the fuck would they go over there for less than 2 games, realistically?
They're just want more exposure to the Europeans
They've been talking about games in Asia and Latin America for years but Japan has weird laws almost similar to Canada and the NFL where they can't host games there because CFL laws block NFL , in this case to NPB has something similar but the amount of legal work is what holds the MLB back.
It isn't impossible just tiresome
They host training camps in the Dominican republics , more events and charity works in Cuba and soon games in Mexico