Red Sox, Yankees to play two games in London in 2019


The series reportedly would be played at London's Olympic Stadium on June 29-30, marking the first time regular-season games will be played in Europe.

Baseball teams the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox could be the latest sporting giants from America to visit London, with the two sides nearing an agreement to play at the former Olympic stadium next year. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because no announcement had been made.

The series would be played at London Stadium, the main facility for the 2012 Olympics, said the people, who asked not to be named because they weren't authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone seemed surprised when told of the possibility Thursday. "Anytime you can grow our game, I think that's a pretty cool thing".

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The franchises have connections to the Premier League as well, with the Yankees in a partnership with Manchester City, while Red Sox owner John Henry also owns Liverpool.

The games would be played at London's Olympic Stadium, now home to the Premier League club West Ham United.

Major League Baseball hopes to make an announcement in the next two months, The Associated Press reported.

Each player would get $60,000 for participating in the games, according to the collective bargaining agreement.

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The MLB, meanwhile, has held games in Japan, Australia and Mexico, but has yet to venture to London.

A Yankees versus Red Sox two-game series may be the only time Commissioner Manfred doesn't concern himself with pace of play.

Both the National Basketball Association and the NFL already host annual games in London in an attempt to expand the reach of their leagues globally.

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