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Major League Baseball is in the middle of its All Star tour of Japan. Recently, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league has plans to stage 2019 pre-season games in Germany and Switzerland with regular season games in Prague, the Czech Republic and Stockholm, Sweden.
The National Football League is not holding a game in London this weekend nor is the league playing a game in Mexico City this Sunday or Monday. But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the 31 owners and the Green Bay Packers Board of Directors continue to look at London as an international savior and a gateway to establishing the sport somewhere other than North America.
The National Football League’s three game London home stand wraps up with the Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars game. The National Football League ownership group has a very clear intent in scheduling matches in London.
National Basketball Association pre-season games are being played and in a sense, the pre-season is a reminder of what the National Basketball Association of the 1950s was like. Anyone willing to throw down a basketball floor could land a game.
The National Basketball Association is getting ready for the 2018-2019 season and the schedule includes a pre-season stop in Seattle and a pair of regular season games in Mexico City.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has expressed an interest in seeing his business add two teams in the future but before that happens, Manfred and his bosses, the 30 owners of Major League Baseball teams have to fix a problem.
Queensland, Australia officials want to host a National Football League game in Brisbane. Local tourism officials think an NFL game would bring in American tourists. But NFL personnel think Australia is too far away for the league to stage a regular season game.
Bruce Miller tried to get Louisville a National Basketball Association team starting in 2000. His efforts ultimately failed after he tried to entice five teams into moving to Kentucky.
Major League Baseball is not adding two teams to the existing business anytime soon. There is no indication that three stadium challenged franchises, Arizona, Oakland and Tampa Bay, will be leaving their local markets anytime soon either.
Major League Baseball played some regular season games in Monterey in the late 1990s causing then Colorado Rockies owner Jerry McMorris to enthusiastically push for a franchise in the city that is not far from the Texas-Mexico border.