RUMOURS emerging from Australia suggest that the oh-so-fashionable pants tucked in to long socks look may just be making its mark on our shores in the near future, with certain stars of American Baseball possibly set to wow crowds on our home turf in 2014.
The LA Times reports that Australian promoters have been lobbying hard for the Dodgers to open their 2014 season in Sydney.
Though a spokesman for Major League Baseball has denied exploring the possibility of an Australian tour with the Dodgers or any other MLB team, word is that both the Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks have been flagged as potentials for a three-game series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Negotiations between Destination NSW, MLB and Australian Baseball League officials have apparently been in the works for several years, with word only now leaking out as to the potential involvement of “Magic” Johnson’s Dodgers.
Sydney Blue Sox chairman Bob Turner gave the game away at a function for his team’s season launch at Parliament House. “If we can get Major League Baseball’s season opener, which we’re working on, in a couple of years’ time at the SCG, it will really put the game on the map,” he said.
Moore Sports, a sports event-marketing firm, has been heavily involved trying to pull the deal together for the past 6 years. Jason Moore, the firm’s director, told Sydney Morning Herald that the event would be “the biggest sporting event in Sydney since the 2003 Rugby World Cup final.”
“We’re not talking about exhibition games — we’re talking about the first three real deal competition games.”
It is estimated that such an event would be televised to an audience of almost 300 million in 81 countries, attracting 25,000 tourists to Australia and earning the NSW economy a tidy $80 million.
The LA Times however remain skeptical, listing a possible obstacle as the 14-hour flight from Los Angeles to Sydney. It suggests the length of the journey may mean the players union will be reluctant to accept the proposal.