Major League Baseball (MLB) has revealed it held "a very good meeting" with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan about playing matches in the capital city. Rob Manfred, the sport's commissioner, recently met with the mayor to discuss the idea, although a deal has still to be agreed.
London has hosted NFL and NBA games in recent seasons, but the UK capital has never hosted MLB. However, that could be about to change after Khan confirmed that talks have been staged with MLB and the New York Mets to play matches at London Stadium, which hosted the Olympic Games in 2012.
"Commissioner Manfred and the Mayor of London had a very good meeting on a variety of topics," an MLB spokesperson shared, according to the BBC. "Nothing specific has been determined regarding when a game might occur in London and what teams would participate."
Khan, who recently threw the first pitch at a New York Mets match, has confirmed he is excited by the prospect and is eager to reach a deal with the American sports league. "We're in discussions about MLB and we want MLB to come to London," the mayor said. "What we're discussing with MLB is for them to come here during the summer, which works for us for obvious reasons. They are very excited."
This season, London will host as many as three NFL matches, including one game at Twickenham for the first time in the stadium's history. "This shows London is open and is the sporting capital of the world," Khan explained. "The rest of the country can benefit from the sporting events and the rest of Europe as well."