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Selig Touts MLB's Rising Popularity In Annual MLB.com Town Hall Chat
Published July 10, 2012
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WORLD MARKET: Selig, unsurprisingly, is expecting big results from the third iteration of the World Baseball Classic, which is co-owned and operated by the league and the MLBPA. The '13 WBC includes a new qualifying round that begins this fall. "It's grown. We're up to 28 countries, everybody wanting in," he said. "I want to go to different parts of the world that we haven't gone to. So my expectation is it's going to be huge and really meaningful." However, Selig was lukewarm on the prospect of international games, even as he wants to make further inroads in areas such as Europe. He said games at Lord's Cricket Ground in London, "would be historic, but I don't know about great."