MLB owners like Monterrey.
It is Cinco de Mayo which for some reason resonates in the United States with celebrations at bars and taverns with revelers having no real knowledge of why it is a minor holiday in Mexico. On May 5, 1862, an undermanned Mexican army defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla and it was also the last time a European nation attacked a North American country. So, it probably is a good time to take a look at what is happening with exporting United States sports leagues into Mexico. The answer? Mexico is a growing market. Major League Baseball is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a game in Monterrey between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Houston Astros. The two teams are playing a two game series in a city that has Major League Baseball aspirations. There were suggestions two decades ago that Monterrey which is not far from the Texas border seemed to have a corporate market that Major League Baseball would want. If Major League Baseball expands or approves a franchise relocation, Monterrey is in the mix.
The National Football League will play a game in Mexico City on November 18 featuring the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City. The league has made inroads in the country. Mexico is part of the rotation of countries where the NFL will play annual games. The NFL will stage a yearly game in Mexico through 2021. The NBA also has eyes on Mexico and has staged regular season games in Mexico City. NBA owners seem to be infatuated with Mexico City and are trying to come up with a concept that would expand the NBA’s Mexican presence. Mexico, Canada and the US have combined to host soccer’s 2026 World Cup. There are pesos on the table which means American based sports organizations will be doing business in Mexico.