By Janet Paskin and Scott Soshnick at Bloomberg
Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees in 2017. Photographer: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are nearing an agreement to play a two-game, regular season series in London in June 2019, according to people familiar with the matter.
The series would be played at London Stadium, the main facility for the 2012 Olympics, said the people, who asked not to be named because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Details still need to be ironed out.
Officials for Major League Baseball and the teams didn’t immediately respond to emails seeking comment.
Among the biggest U.S. sports, baseball is the only one that hasn’t yet played in Europe, though it has periodically staged games in Japan, Australia and Mexico. The Red Sox began the 2008 season with a pair of games against the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo; the Yankees played their 2004 opener there against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The most recent collective bargaining agreement between owners and players, which was ratified in 2016, includes a commitment to multiple international destinations. London was the only city named.
By: Peter Studer, @Pete_Studer Front Office Sports
Front Office Sports is proud to have sat down with Joseph Molloy, Founder and President of JAM Sports Ventures, a management company that identifies and executes strategies to increase the profitability and asset value of certain teams and markets. Previously Joseph operated as Owner and Managing General Partner of the New York Yankees, winning a World Series in the 1996 season.
To start, could you tell me a little about your history in sports business, and about your current work with JAM Sports Ventures?
What made you recognize the opportunity that JAM Sports Ventures was founded upon?
How does the continuous growth of these franchises through increased engagement and exploding media contracts translate to young professionals today?
From what I can gather, your first and foremost an educator. How does that persona translate into sports business?
In a 2008 ESPN article, when asked about you, a former colleague said, “He knew what his strong suits were, and what they weren't. When he didn't know something, he asked a lot of questions. He listened to a lot of opinions, and made educated decisions.” How has this approached helped you throughout your career?
You’ve worked at the highest echelon of sports business. How has that experience shaped your perspective on what it takes to be successful in the industry?
What advice would you offer students and young professionals looking to have a fulfilling career in sports business?
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Joseph Anthony Molloy is the CEO of JAM Sports Ventures.