Report: Cubs, Cardinals to play in London in 2020

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The first London Series, between the Red Sox and Yankees, is still a month or so away, but we already have some details about the second one. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that it will take place between the Cubs and the Cardinals.

Back in February it was rumored that the Cubs and Cardinals — or, possibly, the Mets and Nationals — would play in the 2020 iteration of this new series. Given that Chicago and St. Louis stand a way, way better chance of contending next year than the Mets and Nats, each of which are somewhat in flux, it’s probably better for the British fans that they’ll be getting the NL Central rivals.

No word yet on which team is the “home” team and thus loses actual home dates on the schedule.

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.