This year the NFL is expanding their market into other countries. Next year Major League Baseball will be following suit when they make a return to trip to London for the beginning of a new partnership.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London have come together for a partnership that will last for at least the next five years and will include games in 2023, 24, and 26; as well as, other events.
MLB was last in London in 2019, the year before the Covid pandemic, for a two game series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox that brought some 60,000 fans per game to London Stadium.
Commissioner Manfred spoke on the new partnership via a statement saying, “all aspects of the inaugural MLB games in London were an overwhelming success. It was clear that sports fans in London had a great appetite for baseball and that passion was shared by Mayor Khan as well as the business and media community. We are confident in making a long-term commitment to London and are looking forward to returning to the city with more MLB games, special fan events, and other opportunities to play and watch the game.”
Mayor Sadiq Khan added, “today is an historic day for London and baseball. … This long-term partnership with Major League Baseball is ambitious and includes regular-season games as well as a legacy program designed to grow the number of Londoners watching and playing baseball at a grassroots level in London.”
As a complement to the new partnership, MLB Europe will have fan engagement events in London and expand current baseball participation programs to help grow the interest in baseball in London and the UK.
As a part of the annual All Star Games, some of the players participate in a Home Run Derby. On July 9 at the Crystal Palace Park in London there will be a Home Run Derby X competition that will feature the historic MLB franchise teams the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, the Chicago Cubs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Each team will consist of a Legend, a female Superstar, a local Rookie, and a Wild Card.
There will be a Home Run Derby X competition on September 17 in Seoul, Korea and on October 15 in Mexico City.