Event Notes: MLB San Diego Padres, L.A. Dodgers To Play Series In Monterrey, Mexico
The MLB San Diego Padres will host the L.A. Dodgers in a three-game series from May 4-6 in Monterrey, Mexico, a source confirmed. The games will be played at Estadio Monterrey, which the Padres previously visited for regular season series in '96 and '99. The latest series in Monterrey "replaces a three-game set that had been scheduled for Petco Park." MLB reportedly has a process to "help compensate the Padres for lost revenue." The series will be the first of six MLB intends to play in Mexico over the next six seasons. There also are plans for series in Asia and the U.K. (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/12).
Canada's women’s rugby league players "have had to set up GoFundMe accounts ahead of this week’s World Cup, to help with a number of expenses related to the tournament." Ravens players including Natalie King, Mackenzie Fane and Christina Burnham have all used the social fundraising site in recent weeks "in a bid to cover lost wages and bills while they are in Australia" (Brisbane COURIER-MAIL, 11/13).
A big crowd at Manuka Oval for a potential women's Ashes decider "could fuel Canberra's bid" for a Big Bash League license. The women's Ashes series could be decided in a Twenty20 at Manuka Oval, depending on Friday's result. Canberra businessman Mark McConnell is behind a "bold BBL expansion bid and sees strong crowds on Sunday and Tuesday as a great show of support" for a T20 franchise in the capital (THE AGE, 11/13).
Konami announced a collaboration with esports company eFootball.Pro to create a professional esports competition using Konami’s football game series. The new int'l league will aim to attract players from around the world and will be broadcast globally. EFootball.Pro President Gerard Piqué said, "The goal is to drive all that makes traditional football the king of sports, towards electronic football, towards eSports" (Konami).