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Los Angeles Dodgers Reportedly in Talks to Start 2014 Season in Australia

Ian HanfordFeatured Columnist IVNovember 8, 2016

The NBA has played preseason games in China. The NFL has games set to play in London next year. Even Notre Dame's football team joined sports' international outreach this year, playing Navy in Ireland earlier in the college football season.   

Now, it looks like Major League Baseball is joining the parade. According to The Sydney Morning Herald reporter Adrian Proszenko, the Los Angeles Dodgers are negotiating to start the 2014 season with a game in Australia:

Earvin ''Magic'' Johnson is set to bring his Los Angeles Dodgers to Sydney to open the 2014 Major League Baseball season.

The negotiations to bring the Dodgers, owned by National Basketball Association Hall of Famer Johnson, are well advanced and their likely opponents will be the Arizona Diamondbacks for a historic clash at the SCG.

The report states, "Destination NSW, MLB and Australian Baseball League officials have been working on the project for several years, but the identity of teams has been a heavily guarded secret." With an icon like Johnson now leading the charge, that has to help move things along at this point.

Bob Turner, chairman of the Sydney Blue Sox—an Australian professional baseball team—had this to say about Johnson's presence and what the series would mean:

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. Especially if we can get the LA Dodgers to come, where Magic Johnson is the spokesman-owner. That would be great for the game to give us a profile no other sport can really match.

It's obvious that everyone has the same thing in mind. Money and exposure is on the line for both parties. The report states:

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