MLB gives up on plans to play in London in 2017

Tuesday July 12th, 2016

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Major League Baseball has abandoned its plans to play games in London next season, the BBC reports.

MLB chief legal officer Dan Halem said discussions about playing overseas will continue, but that the league had run out of time to get a deal done for the 2017 season.

"Unfortunately there were a number of moving pieces related to London that shortened our window in an effort to try to find common ground,” Players' Association executive director Tony Clark said.

The BBC reports that collective bargaining negotiations and the 2017 World Baseball Classic may have played a factor. 

Past reports suggested MLB was in talks to hold games at the Olympic Stadium, on the heels of the NFL’s success holding regular-season games at Wembley Stadium.


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