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Friday, June 29, 2012

Sydney Cricket Ground in with chance of hosting 2014 season opener

This would be pretty much the greatest thing ever. The SCG has always been my favourite Australian stadium…

“The SCG is on the verge of being transformed into a ballpark for three days when Major League Baseball launches its 2014 season.All that remains for approval is a little nod from the NSW government, which is deciding whether to throw an extra couple of million into a Major League game that will bring untold attention to Australia, or to throw the money at some anonymous stage play that will reach an audience you could lose inside Cate Blanchett’s summer home.”

Dave Bell Posted: June 29, 2012 at 06:22 PM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Meatwad Posted: June 29, 2012 at 11:03 PM (#4169889)
This is awesome and just pay be my 2014 matter who plays. For Phils sake I hope Boston goes.
   2. asinwreck Posted: June 29, 2012 at 11:38 PM (#4169923)
I would love to attend this!
   3. The District Attorney Posted: June 29, 2012 at 11:42 PM (#4169926)
I dunno, I had both Chris Snelling and Justin Huber on my Strat-O-Matic team for years and they did absolutely nothing. Should that kind of behavior be rewarded?
   4. Phil Coorey. Posted: June 29, 2012 at 11:47 PM (#4169931)
This would no doubt be one of the greatest days of my life - I've been a member of the SCG since 1986 - I'll take any primates that are keen and meet you all at the bar!!!
   5. Phil Coorey. Posted: June 29, 2012 at 11:48 PM (#4169932)
Dave Bell - holy crap - how the hell are you?! Been ages!
   6. PreservedFish Posted: June 29, 2012 at 11:58 PM (#4169937)
This is totally awesome. Also might be my vacation.
   7. Phil Coorey. Posted: June 30, 2012 at 12:13 AM (#4169947)
I've planned the three days in my head already - I figure one day we have to start at the local taphouse - sensational beers and only a few blocks from the SCG - perfect place to warm up before the game each day. I'm nervous just thinking about this now!
   8. Meatwad Posted: June 30, 2012 at 12:17 AM (#4169949)
Im in phil, it would be the vacation of a life time.
   9. Phil Coorey. Posted: June 30, 2012 at 12:23 AM (#4169952)
Meat - that brings a tear to my eye just seeing that - I'll take you to a rugby league game as well (hopefully a South Sydney)

It will be the vacation of a lifetime!

   10. Dave Bell Posted: June 30, 2012 at 12:31 AM (#4169958)
Hey Phil! Really well - still here but mostly lurking. Married a girl from Seattle so allegiances are now split...
   11. Meatwad Posted: June 30, 2012 at 12:32 AM (#4169959)
I have a feeling this may turn into a meet up.
   12. Chip Posted: June 30, 2012 at 12:45 AM (#4169961)
I'd be totally into this.
   13. Juan V Posted: June 30, 2012 at 03:16 AM (#4169971)
Hopefully I'll still be in Oz by the time this happens.
   14. Captain Joe Bivens, Pointless and Wonderful Posted: June 30, 2012 at 05:56 AM (#4169977)
I can see how our friends in Australia would be excited about this, but I can't imagine many teams wanting to make the trip (during the regular season).

If I gave a #### about the NFL, I'd be against the franchise in London Bob Kraft is predicting/hoping will be granted.
   15. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: June 30, 2012 at 07:07 AM (#4169987)
The game will sell Sydney to the world, but particularly Asia, and most particularly Japan, where all three games will be beamed live.

Each game will hit 40 million homes in Japan. Another 70 million in the US, and 12 million in Korea and Taiwan.

Nice idea, but...Sydney's on the other side of the planet. To maximize ratings, of course, you'd want the game to air at 8pm EST, five o'clock on the West Coast. But that would be 10am in Sydney, and nine in the morning in Japan/Taiwan/Korea. It's not like the whole world can see the game live in prime time.
   16. AndrewJ Posted: June 30, 2012 at 09:32 AM (#4169999)
So in 2014 MLB could begin its six-month race to the Fall Classic with... a game in the fall.
   17. cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE Posted: June 30, 2012 at 09:40 AM (#4170002)
What is the typical R/T airfare from LA or NY in late March/early April? Also, I recall reading in the WSJ not that long ago that Qantas now has a direct flight from Houston or Dallas.
   18. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: June 30, 2012 at 09:43 AM (#4170005)
Personally, I think MLB could sell a ####load of vacation packages to North American baseball fans to go to Australia. This would be a pretty awesome vacation.

By the way, could we get an exhibition game at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro for the best Australian Rules football teams? I think there are a lot of Americans who would pay to watch that in person - it looks absolutely crazy on TV (in a good way - crowd, the intensity and physicality of the games...just awesome).
   19. Juan V Posted: June 30, 2012 at 09:52 AM (#4170009)
#17: Qantas does fly DFW-SYD (the west-bound flight stops in Brisbane for refuelling and dropping off some passengers, because of headwinds). In fact, they recently increased the frequency (I think it's daily now).

Airfare for SYD-LAX tends to go around 1200-1300 AU$ (going from memory here), surely it's about the same in the opposite direction.
   20. cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE Posted: June 30, 2012 at 10:27 AM (#4170016)
Thanks. I just spotted a JFK-LAX-SYD flight on Virgin Australia/Delta for the end of March 2013 that came in under $2K R/T. BTW, here's an excerpt from the article I mentioned.
Qantas has six 747s with extended range of about 8,800 miles (7,670 nautical miles) and uses them to fly to Buenos Aires as well as Dallas. The planes take off at speeds 5 knots faster than regular 747-400s because wings have to produce more lift for the heavier plane. Flights from Sydney to London still have to make a stop—no commercial airliner can yet do that without making a stop.

Adding the Dallas flight let Qantas tap into the huge hub of its partner, American Airlines, adding 59 additional routes to the Qantas network. As a result of all those connections, the flights have been performing well since they started in May, said Stephen Thompson, executive manager of global sales for Qantas. Round-trip fares on that route typically cost $1,500 to $2,000. For a trip in early February, for example, a nonstop flight from Dallas to Sydney and back cost $2,052, while connecting service through Los Angeles cost $1,692.

Because of headwinds going back to Australia, the Qantas 747 has to stop in Brisbane for fuel. When weather has been bad, flights have had to make occasional fuel stops, but Qantas said it hasn't been any different than other long routes.
   21. Chip Posted: June 30, 2012 at 11:10 AM (#4170030)
Several of the airlines also allow you to book flights with multi-day layovers in Hawaii or Fiji, as well.

I've taken that Buenos Aires-Sydney flight on one of those extended range Qantas 747s. You get great views of the Antarctic ice floes in the Ross Sea.
   22. Juan V Posted: June 30, 2012 at 11:21 AM (#4170033)
Apropos of nothing, Qantas doesn't fly to Buenos Aires anymore. They switched that for Santiago, for the same reason as the DFW flight: connecting with an alliance partner.
   23. Gamingboy Posted: June 30, 2012 at 01:32 PM (#4170062)
Wonder who'd play. Would be fun to have a Giants-White Sox interleague match-up in 1914 unis, but I don't know if they line up in Interleague.
   24. TerpNats Posted: June 30, 2012 at 02:49 PM (#4170093)
How about the Nationals vs. the Angels (if it's NL East vs. AL West in 2014, as it largely was in '05, '08 and '11)...Mr. Harper and Mr. Trout?
   25. Dale Sams Posted: July 01, 2012 at 10:50 AM (#4170453)
Lot of unbridled enthusiasm here just to see "Endgame" or whatever play they're going to be showing. Glad to see the arts alive and well here.
   26. Karl from NY Posted: July 02, 2012 at 03:53 PM (#4171522)
Nice idea, but...Sydney's on the other side of the planet. To maximize ratings, of course, you'd want the game to air at 8pm EST, five o'clock on the West Coast. But that would be 10am in Sydney, and nine in the morning in Japan/Taiwan/Korea. It's not like the whole world can see the game live in prime time.

We've had this problem before, with all the Japan games. They were played in the evening local time. The point of these stunts is to get Japan/Korea/Taiwan/Australia interested in major league baseball. Ratings in the US for a couple regular season games are expendable. The crazy fans will get up and watch anywhere around the clock; the casual fans will watch a tape delayed broadcast; and non-fans won't watch anyway.

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