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Friday
Dec172010

Baseball World Series to Go International?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TOKYO) -- The San Francisco Giants could soon be playing the Chiba Lotte Marines if Major League Baseball has its way.

The league's Vice President for Asia, Jim Small, says he wants  a "real world series" -- a matchup between the top team in Japan and the winner of the U.S. World Series.

Small says the MLB and Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League will begin their fourth round of talks next month to make the matchup a reality.

Small admits there are a lot of hurdles standing in the way. The series would have to be scheduled after the baseball season wraps up in the U.S., meaning colder weather. And keeping the MLB championship team could be a challenge, as players have the option to sign with other clubs during an earlier free agency period.

The biggest hurdle will be getting air time. The "real world series" would have to compete against the NBA, NFL,  NHL, and college sports.

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