It’s Cinco De Mayo For Major League Baseball And Others

All about the pesos.



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 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 San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The two teams are playing a three 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 19 featuring the Los Angeles Rams 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 play a yearly game in Mexico through 2021. The NBA also has eyes on Mexico and has played a regular season game in Mexico. NBA owners seem to be intrigue 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 a combined bid for the 2026 World Cup. There are pesos on the table which means American based sports organizations will be doing business in Mexico. A big beautiful wall won’t stop that.



Roger Goodell claims more Mexico cities want an NFL game.